Source: 
Times of India
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-06-03/lucknow/32005683_1_election-representatives-exercise-franchise
Author: 
TNN
Date: 
03.06.2012
City: 
Lucknow

Chief electoral officer stresses on district election watch in Uttar Pradesh

TNN Jun 3, 2012, 03.40AM IST

LUCKNOW: Members of Association for Democratic Reforms have claimed that it would continue to work even after the local bodies' elections are over.

"Our efforts to eliminate the wrongs in country's democratic process are a continuous process," said Sanjai Singh, member of UP election watch while addressing a two-day workshop on elections and political reforms that started on Saturday.

He informed that members of ADR have unanimously decided to come out with a report card on the working of elected representatives including those in the ruling party.

"We would look at how public representatives are spending the funds allocated to them for public welfare. By the end of government's first year, we plan to come up with a report on the same," said Singh.

Participants in the workshop, including chief electoral officer, UP Umesh Sinha and former IPS IC Dwivedi, assessed the potential of platforms like voter council - a place wherein voters can put forth their point of view.

CEO UP, Sinha spoke on the need for election councils wherein elected representatives could be trained about the importance of various processes in a democracy.

He said that establishment of district election watch could help in strengthening the democratic fabric.

"This local body should focus on ensuring 100% percent voter registration before elections and convince all voters to exercise franchise on poll day. The third element to focus on is ethical voting," said Sinha.

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