PUCL Bulletin, January 2004
Human Rights still not an election issue
-- By Y.P. Chhibbar
The recent elections to five State assemblies were unique in many respects. The most outstanding element of the entire process was a beginning of cleansing of the process. The Supreme Court verdict and the Election Commission follow-up action thereon as a result of the PUCL case for transparency of the record of the candidates compelled the candidates to declare their assets, liabilities, etc., and criminal record, if any. In some States activist groups procured the details from the Election officers and publicised them. Media print as well as electronic played a very positive role in making the entire process transparent. This was a good exercise in voter education. As time-passes the electorate will become more and more inquisitive about the background and record of the candidates.