Ludhiana, January 8: Determined to “ensure transparency and accountability during the assembly elections”, a group of 10 persons spread across the state has constituted the Punjab Election Watch (PEW).
Resurgence India — a group working on the implemetation of the RTI act has taken upon themselves the responsibility along with other social activists to ensure free and fair elections.

Hitender Jain, member of PEW and head, Resurgence India, said, “Once the candidates file their nominations, we will be digitising the contents thereof; publicise the same through media and host it on the Internet for the information of the voters so as to enable them to make an informed choice. Our partner, the Association for Democratic Reforms(ADR) has so far facilitated other NGOs in organising election watch campaigns in 20 different states since 2002,” he claimed.

The members have volunteered their services to keep a watch on various other factors. Jaskirat Singh, another activist, said, “We want the masses to know about their candidates and hence the other aspects such as education, criminal record will also be presented to the masses and much before the voting day.”
Sources have said that PEW members also held a meeting with the Chief Election Commissioner, Punjab, to apprise him about details of the forum. Members say the forum also aims to check electoral malpractices like misuse of government resources, excessive election expenditure, defacement of public property, distribution of money, liquor to voters, use of muscle power and much more.

The forum will also give a feedback to election observers appointed by the Election Commission of India and will also keep a watch on the day of voting as well, said members.
The volunteers are spending their own money to create the database and later to disseminate information and to study various other parameters as well, members claimed.

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