Government Electoral Reform (1999-ongoing)
enough attention has been paid in the country to the fact
that much of the electoral reform in respect of local governments
can be brought about through state legislation. LOK SATTA
therefore drafted a Bill which could disqualify candidates
committing specific offences from contesting elections.
Thanks to the vigorous campaign mounted by LOK SATTA to
mobilize public opinion, the state government gave a public
commitment to enact a legislation on the lines suggested
by LOK SATTA. In light of the recent Supreme Court judgment
directing that all candidates for legislative office have
to file a criminal and financial disclosure statement along
with their nomination papers, LOK SATTA is calling for implementation
of the Election Commission's order in respect of local governments
SATTA's campaign for adopting Legislative Assembly electoral
rolls for the local government elections has succeeded,
with the state legislature recently enacting the law modeled
after the draft Bill prepared by us.
SATTA's initiatives to curb rigging also proved successful
with the State Election Commission (SEC) agreeing to ensure
automatic re-poll if 2 per cent tendered votes were polled
in a polling station.
also gave orders for making available election expenditure
returns filed by candidates to people on demand for a small
SATTA's electoral reforms advocacy based on the insights
and experience gained has now acquired the potential to
build a national movement, around which all other governance
reforms could be pursued.