Friday, April 1, 2011

Forum to campaign against cash-for-vote

Madurai Mar 31 

 The Forum for Electoral Integrity, an umbrella organisation of various Non-Governmental Organisations, will be taking up a six-day intensive campaign in the politically-sensitive Madurai district to create an awareness among the people against cash-for-vote.

Talking to UNI here today, P Vijayakumar, District Convenor of the Forum, said they would hold campaign from April 2 to 8 in different places like PeriyarBus Stand, Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Terminus, Arapalayam Bus Stand, Vilakkuthoon and Kalavasal localities in Madurai.

The campaign would be launched at the Eastern entrance of the Railway Junction here.

The forum members would wear badges depicting 'Engal Vaakku Vilaikku Yillai' (Our vote is not for sale) during the campaign and distribute pamphlets to the public highlighting the criminal offence of giving or accepting cash or gifts for votes.

"Our main objective is to prevent corruption in the elections and as per the People's Representative Act, voters should not be bribed. While bribing the voters is an offence, receiving money for votes is also an offence and hence, the forum wants to sensitise the people to stop the unfair practice of cash-for- votes," Mr Vijaykumar said.

He further said the forum would join hands with the Election Commission for ensuring a free and fair election and called upon the public to join enmasse and strengthen the campaign.

People were intimidated by the political parties just because they were bribed and the political parties which distribute the money pressurise them, Mr Vijay Kumar added.

If they (people) accepted money, they would not be able to exercise their franchise in a free and fair manner, he said.

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