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New Delhi: It was in the year 1999 that a group of professors from the esteemed Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad decided to come up with an agency that can keep watch on elections and help the general voters in knowing all about the candidates contesting from their constituency. 
It is when the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) was born. Since the year 2002, various election watches have been conducted by the ADR-National Election Watch collaboration.
Based on the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the same group with the Delhi High Court asking for information about the 
• Criminal
• Financial
• Educational 
background of the candidates fighting elections. Later in the year 2002 and 2003, the Supreme Court made it compulsory for all the contesting candidates to divulge the above mentioned details while filling down an affidavit with the Election Commission before contesting polls.
ADR-National Election Watch has helped in bringing a great level of transparency in the way elections are conducted in the country, made electoral system more see-through for the voters and political parties more accountable.
Everything a voter wants to know is available on
• Criminal, financial and educational background of contesting candidates as per affidavit declaration with the EC at the time of poll nomination.
• Asset worth of candidates as per declaration with the EC at the time of poll nomination.
• Income expenditure statement of political parties.
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