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HP Election watch & ADR to launch ‘I will vote & you campaign’

Shimla: Himachal Election Watch, Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Himachal Gyan Vigyan Samiti have decided to launch an electoral literacy campaign in view of the elections to the 14th Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh with the tagline of this campaign is, “I will vote and you”.
Convenor of HP Election watch Dr O P Bhureta said that during a month-long campaign, mass dialogues would be conducted in more than 1000-gram panchayats. In this, workshops would be organized to motivate the youth and involve them in the election dialogues.
The objective of the campaign is to make people aware of the importance of voting and motivate them not to boycott voting. It also aims to involve them in dialogue on development issues. India’s first voter Mr. Shyam Saran Negi (Age 106 years) was also contacted to support the campaign.Himachal Election Watch and ADR have been releasing background reports based on criminal, financial, educational and income tax details of candidates and winners. This time this report will also be released.
As per the Supreme Court directives it is mandatory for political parties at the Central and State election level to upload on their website detailed information regarding candidates with pending criminal cases including the nature of the offences, relevant particulars like whether charges have been framed, the concerned Court, the case number etc.
The Supreme Court had also directed political parties to list reasons on their website including their social media platforms for nominating candidates with criminal background within 72 hours of the selection of such candidates. This information shall also be published in: (a) One local vernacular newspaper and one national newspaper; (b) On the official social media platforms of the political party, including Facebook & Twitter.
Himachal Election Watch will approach the Election Department and urge them to monitor publication of this information on websites, print media and social media. (UNI)

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