You Are Not for Sale

Topics: Election, Elections, Voting Pages: 6 (1303 words) Published: April 29, 2013

Prepared by,
UR-NFS team
Prepared by,
UR-NFS team

Politicians, we are witnessing today are Slanderous, Malicious and Violent (90% of the politicians). Politics in India is much rougher and much more corrupt that in the other democracies. Political homicide is so usual: Many admirable leaders namely, Mahatma Gandhi, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi were killed by cutthroats. A Question lies in here, What if those cutthroats become our political leaders?

Communal, caste and regional tensions continue to trouble Indian politics, sometimes threatening its long-standing democratic and secular culture.

Our potential future leaders seem to think that we are stupid. Stupid enough to accept whatever bombast or hype they jolt down our throats in a multi-million rupees ‘campaign’ intended to buy votes. Many of those who are a candidate have a criminal record, keeping in mind of their own enrichment in today’s money politics. But politics is to build up common good, promoting justice, peace and development.

Each and everyone of us, at an young age with no voting right, would have wondered as why people are voting for the corrupt, are they illiterates. But when we grew up, we realize the fact that in the fast growing economy of India most of the people are either educated or literate, and moreover the media has grown so fast that everyone is aware of all these dirty corruption. And also came with a fact that, the employed in corporate sector never vote and the uneducated that vote are unaware of the politician’s credibility and history.

Our UR-NFS campaign promotes the dissemination of information on the electoral process and candidates in an unbiased and neutral manner so that voters can make an informed choice. Not everyone is corrupt; there are a few who still hold some moral and political values. Our campaign helps people in getting known with the candidates. What if none of the candidates are known to be ethical or moral? If none of them is credible, one can chose an activity under 49-O rule in the conduct of election (explained below in detail).

Objectives of the campaign:
1. Promoting youth to vote!
If youth are triggered to vote (who constitutes the majority of population and also of family), even the family will be influenced.

2. Providing awareness about the Misuse of votes and the other illegal practices of forging non - voters.

3. The statistics of non-voters and the change which they can bring

4. Providing awareness of Rule 49-O in The Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961 of India

It's a decision of Elector ‘not to vote’. If an elector, after his electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters in Form 17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as required, decided not to record his vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in Form 17A by the presiding officer.

In simple words, if the elector feels that none of the candidates contesting are worthy to the expectations of him or there are always some useless candidates who are contesting again. If, by casting this protest vote, he can show his dissent and disapprove those candidates. Using 49-O would not only take away the liberty of misusing votes, it would bring fear into parties to look for genuine candidates for election

This 49-O is available ever since 1961, but it is in no way conveyed to the people neither by the government, nor did the election commission. Though this provision is not harmful to government in anyway, but it will be a proof of the electoral’s disapproval of unworthy candidates.

UR-NFS would make a silent debut in these assembly elections in Karnataka with a week campaign to empower citizens by letting them known about much unknown 49-O provision.

Strategy of the campaign:
1. Group and Documentary Formation
A group of 8 students is formed with 6 in...
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