NGOs launch movement to educate voters

PATNA, MARCH 3. Two non-governmental organisations have come forward to raise their voice against criminalisation of politics and launch a movement for restoring the democratic polity in the country.

The Peoples Watch and the Bihar Election Watch (BEW) intend to take to the people the issue of entry of criminals and those facing corruption charges in the Lok Sabha elections. They intend to educate the people to avoid such elements and vote for the right candidates to strengthen the roots of democracy.

The Peoples Watch is spearheaded by the former president of the Bar Association of the Patna High Court, Basant Chaudhary, and social activists, Shakeel Ahmed and Shiv Murti. The former Chief Justice of the Patna High Court and the former Lokayukta, Sarwar Ali and Parveen Ammanullah, have taken up the cause of educating the people to exercise their franchise in the greater interest of the country.

The two organisations have decided to compile facts relating to the assets and criminal antecedents each candidate was required to provide.

The Peoples Watch has decided to concentrate on the charges against candidates belonging to the National Democratic Alliance and the front led by the Congress.

The organisation will concentrate on candidates of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Delhi. They also intend to get in touch with similar organisations across the country so as to cover all the 542 Lok Sabha constituencies. The BEW will educate the people on how to use electronic voting machines.