November 3, 2008Aside

Election watch

ADR seeks volunteers for scanning candidates’ records

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Among the main activities of the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a non-political, non-partisan & non-governmental organisation, is the use of sunlight to disinfect Indian electoral politics. They compile information about the candidates’ financial and criminal records and share it with the electorate.

Ahead of upcoming state assembly elections in six states, including Delhi, Rajasthan & Chattisgarh, ADR is looking for (paid) volunteers to:

Assemble information on contesting candidates (criminal records, assets/liabilities, educational qualifications),

Monitor election expenses incurred by electoral candidates and political parties,

Disseminate all this information to the public to help them make an informed choice, using a variety of channels such as media, SMS campaigns, e-mailers, etcVolunteers are expected to put in 8 to 10 hours a day over a two-week period. ADR will pay a small honorarium to cover travel and other expenses.

If you believe you can play a small role in safeguarding India’s democracy, contact Anil Bairwal (email or telephone +91 11 6590 1524).

Note: Neither The Acorn not INI are affiliated to ADR. We think that it is a good initiative and deserves support.

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