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IAC How to Choose Candidate for Election First Draft

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How to Choose Candidate for Election First Draft

How to select good candidates?

This question was asked to the people.  After considering all the suggestions received and
discussing it amongst us, we are proposing this first draft, inviting public consultation from all.

Invite application from prospective candidates after an intensive propaganda campaign.  Any
person belonging to that constituency can propose himself or any others’ name. This intensive
campaign will give a realistic chance to good people to contest elections, who were unable to do so
earlier due paucity of funds.

All applicants shall fill a form declaring all cases of corruption, crime, and accusations filed against
them. They will also be required to declare their personal as well as family assets, source of income
and earnings. They will also list all their social service achievements.

These forms can be sent to the zonal or national office via websites or any other means. In case
of  Lok Sabha  elections,  all  such  forms  will  be  collected  at  the  national  center,  and  in  case  of
Vidhansabha elections, they shall be collected at zonal offices.

All the collected forms will be sent to the respective constituency committees.

The  committee  shall  scrutinize  the  declarations  and  prepare  an  investigative  report  about  each
form.  The  committee  shall  meet,  discuss  and  offer  comments  and  suggestions  regarding  each
candidate. Dissent of even one committee member will become part of the report.

Among other things, the committee shall comment on the following issues about each candidate:
Image of the candidate in his area.

Are people aware of the candidate’s social service? If yes, how large an area is
aware?  Is the impact positive or negative?

Are  there  cases  of  corruption  and  crime  pending  with  police  or  courts  on  the
candidate? If yes, details thereof.

Were there any allegations of corruption and crime in the candidate’s past? What
perception do people have on those allegations? Do people believe those allegations to?
be true or false?

What are his sources of income?  Do the people too perceive the sources as?
legitimate, or otherwise?

Is the candidate a rabble-rouser amongst his family and society under intoxication?

Was there ever a question mark on the candidate’s character? If yes, the details.

Has the candidate ever taken part in a communal activity? Does he respect all faiths?
and religions? Has he ever committed an act of spreading communal hate?

Has the candidate ever taken part in any act of organized violence?

All  the  above  scrutiny  will  be  done  by  a  screening  committee.  For parliamentary elections, this
committee  will  consist  of  eminent  people  of  national  stature  in  addition  to  a  few  members  from  the
national working committee.  For  state  elections  a  similar  screening  committee  will  be  formed  at  the
state level

All  the  so  received  reports  of  prospective  candidates  will  be  put  up  before  the  screening
committee.  This  committee  will  not  select  candidates,  rather  de-select  unfit  candidates.  The
Screening Committee, if it so feels, can investigate a candidate by itself.

After this de-selection process, a short-list of remaining candidates will be prepared.

The names of such candidates will be put up on the website and the people will be asked to send
any proof against them via website or the zonal office.

The evidence so received from the people will be put up before the screening committee again. If
the  committee  sees  merit  in  any  evidence,  it  can  cancel  such  candidates.  A new short-list will then

All  the  short-listed  candidates  will  be  called  for  a  meeting  by  the  Selection  Committee  wherein
mutual discussions will be arranged.  The candidates will be motivated to arrive at a consensual
candidate amongst themselves.

In  such  meetings,  unanimity  may  evolve  on  a  candidate,  or  all  barring  one  may  choose  to

If consensus does not emerge, a one-day convention of constituency workers will be called with
all the candidates in attendance.  In this convention, workers will select one candidate through a
preferential voting system.


I shall not use vehicles with beacons

I shall not employ unnecessary security for myself.  Security forces are needed to
safeguard people, not leaders.  A  leader  has  no  reason  to  require  more  security  than  a
common man.

I shall not occupy large bungalows.  I shall continue to live like a common man in a
small house.

I  profess  complete  faith in  SWARAJ  (Self-Rule)  that  requires  power  to lie  directly  in
the  hands  of  people,  not  with  politicians  and  bureaucrats.  I shall strive to enact such a
law.  Till  such  law  takes  effect,  my  legislative  duties  shall  be  governed  by  the  views
expressed by the people of my constituency.

I  am  bound  by  the  Janlokpal  Bill  and  electoral  reforms.  I shall strive to enact them

Governments should not be able to acquire land without the consent of people. I shall
diligently work towards enactment of such a law.

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MEcoy October 19, 2012  

also having an election? were ahving ours by next year
hope this would be for the betterment of both of our country

Destination Infinity October 19, 2012  

Excellent initiatives. I guess this is the first time where a public-participatory approach has been used to select a candidate for elections. If things are transparent at the stage of selection of candidates, then we can expect transparency afterwards as well.

Prospective candidates selecting one among them by themselves is very unique and interesting. Actually, that is the right approach - People will not fight for a 'seat' unless they have some ulterior motive. So, ideally, prospective candidates should be happy to select the best possible leader (other than themselves). Excellent policy but it needs to be seen how far this can be implemented practically.

I wish Shri. Arvind Kejriwal and his IAC colleagues all the very best.

Destination Infinity

aativas October 19, 2012  

Ambitious plan. Hope and wish it works!

anney October 19, 2012  

Just dropping by to say hi and have a happy weekend!