Election Watch campaign gains momentum

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K. J. Rao
K. J. Rao

Special Correspondent

Activists to foil attempts of parties to distribute inducements

HYDERABAD: Election Watch, Andhra Pradesh, a platform for 125 voluntary organisations spread over the State, said here on Tuesday that their campaign to facilitate free and fair elections has been evoking spontaneous public support from various districts.

Addressing a press conference , Election Watch advisor and former advisor Central Election Commission K.J. Rao said that they had toured 15 districts so far starting with Visakhapatnam and each constituency would be monitored by at least two Election Watch activists to foil attempts of political parties to distribute inducements like cash and liquor to people. “We have been building networks of social activists in each district and addressing people, women explaining them the value of vote and to spurn inducements from political parties. About 25 to 30 NGOs and their networks in each district are working for Election Watch. Support from individuals who were fed up with political corruption too is pouring ,” he said.

Awareness drive

Mr. Rao said emphasis was being given to create awareness about voters’ list and verification of their names as there was time till March 23.

The Election Watch also met Excise officials and urged them to close down belt shops. Though as per records only 6,596 licensed liquor shops exist in State, there were thousands of belt shops. Officials said illegal outlets if brought to their notice would be closed down.

Meanwhile, women in large numbers in Vijayawada, Warangal and Karimnagar took an oath not to accept inducements, said Mr. Kaki Madhava Rao, advisor, Election Watch.



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