Monday, February 14, 2011

National Election Watch- Press release: A Comprehensive Bill to regulate working of political parties discussed at the conference along with ICAI guidelines for IT returns of political parties [5 Attachments]

Dear Friends,

Thanks again to those of you who came in large numbers to the conference at Chennai. More than 1000 people attended the conference in the two days.

Here are the highlights of the 7th National Conference on Electoral and Political reforms held by ADR and National Election Watch, of which 5th Pillar is a constituent organization apart from several other NGOs.
  • A comprehensive draft bill on regulation of political parties being drafted under the guidance of former Chief Justice of India, Mr Venkatachaliah introduced in the conference
  • Institute of Chartered Accountants of India(ICAI) guidelines on income tax returns presented to the political parties
  • Representatives of DMK, AIADMK, INC, MDMK, PMK and other parties give broad support to these initiatives
  • The following resolutions passed at the 7th National Conference on Electoral and Political Reforms
    1. The NGOs and civil society organizations resolved to work in a non-partisan, ethical and transparent manner.

    2. They endorsed the need for a comprehensive Bill on Reform of Political parties

    3. They endorsed the 27 recommendations prepared by National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) on electoral and political reform.

    4. They recognized the emerging threat of control of the State and Government by money power and strongly opposed it.

Please find attached the following documents along with the press release:
1. The document sent by NEW and ADR to Law Ministry and ECI with 27 recommendations.  
2. Background paper on "Need for a comprehensive Law to regulate functioning of Political Parties"
3. The draft of Political Parties (registration and regulation of Affairs, etc) Act, 2011, drafted under the guidance of former CJI Mr Venkatachaliah
4. Recommendations of the ICAI on reporting framework of Political Parties

The other documents distributed at the conference are on our website:

5 of 5 File(s)

Friday, February 11, 2011

7th National Conference on Electoral and Political Reforms

Date: Feb 12 and 13, 2011
Venue: IITM Chennai
5th Pillar along with other organizations is hosting the Conference. This along with the Political Party Watch programme is aimed at the introduction of transparency and accountability mechanisms in the electoral and political system of the country. The conference mainly focuses on the declarationof the assets and criminal record of candidates during elections and recently in the disclosure of IT returns of political parties. The country is witnessing a decrease in the percentage of candidates with criminal records from 20% to about 14% in the Assembly elections held in 2008 and leaders of major political parties, have expressed the need to decriminalize politics. However, our journey has only begun. These Annual Conferences are an attempt to synchronize all our efforts and to build upon the energies of various stakeholders who have worked on the same issues at different levels. Previous Conferences were held in Ahmedabad (2003), Bangalore (2004), Patna (2006), Lucknow (2007) Mumbai (2008) and Bhopal (2010). Delegates to the Chennai conference will include organizations from all States of India participating in the National Election Watch (NEW) campaign, eminent citizens, media persons, bureaucrats and leaders from various political parties.

The focus of this Conference will be on sharing experiences of the Bihar Assembly elections and in that light discussions on the forthcoming elections in Assam, Pondicherry, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. Special sessions are planned on ‘Political Party Reforms’, ‘Strengthening of the Electoral System’ and ‘Prevention of Misappropriation of Funds during Election Campaigns’. The National Election Watch groups from each state, NGOs and youth will share their experience based on year long consultations in their respective states by the Election Watch groups. 

At the end of two days, Resolutions on Electoral and Political reforms are expected to be passed and a comprehensive ‘Declaration on Electoral and Political Reforms’ is expected to be brought out.

We encourage you to attend the conference with your friends and family. Free Admissions. Click here to register.