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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
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.
IF I WIN:-
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
I shall not occupy large bungalows. I shall continue to live like a common man in a
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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Friday, October 19, 2012
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19 October 2012
India Against Corruption method