Online edition of India's National Newspaper
Saturday, Sep 25, 2004

About Us
Contact Us
Tamil Nadu
News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary |

Tamil Nadu Printer Friendly Page   Send this Article to a Friend

Signature campaign for electoral reforms

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, SEPT. 24. A signature campaign has been launched by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) demanding that the Prime Minister ensure early implementation of the Chief Election Commissioner's recommendations for poll law reforms.

About 10 lakh signatures will be collected and forwarded to the Prime Minister.

Inaugurating the campaign, on behalf of the Anti-Corruption Movement here today, the former Chief Vigilance Commissioner, N. Vittal, said good governance would not be possible if politicians with a criminal background were at the helm of affairs. "Law-breakers should not become lawmakers."

`Exploiting loopholes'

Politicians were exploiting loopholes in the laws to contest an election. Even if a politician was tried on corruption or criminal charges, the case dragged on for years.

He felt that early disposal of pending criminal cases would help to remove those with a criminal background from entering politics.

B.S. Raghavan, trustee, Catalyst Trust, said that according to a Supreme Court judgment, the CEC had enormous powers to do away with evils in the electoral system.

Though the CEC submitted a number of recommendations, he felt, three of them were the most important — prohibiting persons against whom courts had found prima facie evidence of corruption or criminal activities, annual publication of audited reports of political parties and a provision in electronic voting machines to register the voters' right to reject all contestants.

He also wanted youth to involve actively in removing corruption in public life.

Another trustee, A.K. Venkatsubramanian, said the anti-corruption campaign should be made a people's movement. As the CEC's recommendations required Parliament's approval, he wanted the voters to put pressure on the elected representatives to bring in electoral reforms. Otherwise, the recommendations would remain only on paper.

The State Human Rights Commission member, S. Sambandan, regretted that nearly 20 per cent of the government employees were corrupt beyond redemption. If only they acted according to their conscience, much of corruption in public life could be eliminated, he said.

Change in attitude

The president of the movement, C.S. Kuppuraj, said it was unfortunate that people did not have self-confidence and they were of the view that it was difficult to change the attitude of politicians.

This attitude must change and it would be possible only through a sustained campaign by NGOs in coordination with the people.

Printer friendly page  
Send this article to Friends by E-Mail

Tamil Nadu

News: Front Page | National | Tamil Nadu | Andhra Pradesh | Karnataka | Kerala | New Delhi | Other States | International | Opinion | Business | Sport | Miscellaneous |
Advts:
Classifieds | Employment | Obituary | Updates: Breaking News |


News Update


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | The Hindu eBooks | Home |

Copyright 2004, The Hindu. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu