LUCKNOW: Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and UP Election Watch(UPEC) has demanded that whip system should be abolished in the Rajya Sabha and legislative council polls.
The demand has been made following reports of money power use in the ongoing Rajya Sabha elections.
     According to UPEC, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India has supported the idea of abolishing whip system in these polls and advocated that they should not be contested on party lines.The ADR and UPEC will also deploy one lakh volunteers in the coming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. The UP Election Watch will select 40 assembly segments as model constituencies where it will work extensively for ethical voting and against use money and muscle power in the polls. The core committee of UP Election Watch met on Saturday in Lucknow to discuss the strategy for the forthcoming state assembly polls.

       Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ADR-Election Watch, Major General (Retd) Anil Verma informed that the core committee has decided to make a strong intervention on all the 19 assembly segment of Bundelkhand and two seats each in the seven other areas of UP in the coming assembly polls. He said that Election Watch will ensure that candidates with clean image and convictions emerge victorious on these 40 model seats in the coming assembly polls.

Verma said that Election Watch will take out March to create awareness among the masses during the assembly polls. He said that during the panchayat elections UP Election Watch had launched an awareness campaign for voters with the slogan `Mera Gaon-Mera Vote in which 12485 females and 22336 male voters had participated. A major aim of this campaign was to prepare a team of one lakh volunteers which would work actively in the assembly polls.

The CEO of Election Watch informed that during the assembly polls the voters will be provided complete information about the educational, economic and criminal background of the candidates contesting from a particular constituency. Election watch will provide this information to voters through mobile phones, SMS and website. The ADR Election Watch will also co-ordinate with the Google to make maximum reach to the voters.

The Election Watch has also demanded that assembly, local bodies and panchayat polls in the country should be conducted along with the parliament elections and a final decision in this regard is to be taken by the election commission.

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