Clean Election, Capable Candidate Campaign

Tanneri Chaso internalizing the slogan “Resist complaints, Raise question” engaged into civil society campaigns pressurizing chief justice Khil Raj Regmi led government to declare nearby date of second constituent assembly election. In fact, Tanneri Chaso’s concern over political and social accountabilities incepted as a consequence of prolonged political transition which they want to come into end. Network realizing the potential of youths set an objective to insist the leaders for respecting public opinion and moral values of politics.

As a landmark of Tanneri movement, the network nearly prior to the second constituent election in the country was focused on constructing a fair environment for impartial election through making voters aware. Empowering the voters rational level can only enable them for choosing capable candidate was the belief. Youth’s concern over the electoral process was an initiative to draw the candidates for public vetting and insisting the candidate for conveying durable commitment in front of the voters. Since, the first constituent assembly was ill famed due to misconducts and immoral acts of the parliamentarian, the youths at network were aware that such personalities should be discouraged and people should be able to qualify while choosing their candidates in the next phase of election. With the motive insisting voters for candidate vetting and choose clean and capable candidate, Tanneri Chaso visited many districts with message.

With the set of objectives, Tanneri Chaso selected some districts to launch local level campaigns. Starting from Charikot, Dolakha in Nov 2013, two weeks long programs crossed over villages and town of Dolakha, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Dhading, Chitwan, Tanahu, Nawalparasi, Bara, Parsa, Kathmandu,  Lalitpur and Kavrepalanchowk. The campaign had another objective to observe the nationwide public whim for the second session of CA election. Hence, participatory involvement of the public to speak out and learn to question their candidates is how Tanneri Chaso turned the objectives into action.

Objectives set for the campaign:

  1. Ensure youth’s concern and engagement for developing favorable environment for fair election.
  2. Mobilize local youth forums at each district advocating for free and fair electoral process.
  3. Design and development of subsequent communication tools for election campaign.
  4. Distribution of public manifesto prepared by civil society to the public and insists them for candidate vetting.
  5. Insist the candidate to have sign on commitment paper publicly.
  6. Organize interactive programs between publics and candidates for exchange of expectations and commitment for fulfilling it.
  7. Interact with the public at local level and figuring out their understanding of election procedures and candidate selection.
  8. Development of appropriate slogans, campaign materials; brochures, flyers, book marker, etc.
  9. Finally, compile and document all the misconducts and misdeeds carried out accordingly by the lawmakers of first Constituent Assembly. The motive behind is to inform and aware the forthcoming elected parliamentarian not to revive or repeat the mistakes earlier representative committed.

 

  1. Actions for clean election Campaign

Observation and interaction:

Youths of network representing different districts were gathering in Kathmandu for the purpose of clean election and capable candidate had true motivation for their volunteer engagement in the constitutional electoral process. The autonomous network then spontaneously took a responsibility to acknowledge public because free and fair election for strengthening democratic practices is essence of today’s society. In order to change the voters behavior and preoccupied attitude of supporting the candidate of own ideology, the campaign on the prevailing political ill trend, stressed on vetting of a candidate. Candidate vetting before election and choosing right candidate can only establish the agenda of people and ensure timely people’s constitution promulgation. So, informing public is what we do and believe  that “informed voters can make informed decision” In the one hand network delivered such messages for acknowledgement of the public, on the other hand network handed over public manifesto prepared by civil society, counseling and orienting public for choosing right candidates possessing potential leading capacity with transparent moral ground.

Along with voter awareness, the network had organized interactive programs between voters and the candidates concerning the decisiveness of voters and commitment of the candidates in Charikot of Dolakha and other places. Spontaneous involvements of the public in our outdoor programs were convinced to ask their candidates signing on commitment paper prepared by the network. Meanwhile, candidates presented at interactive programs were encouraged to sign on commitment papers publicly. Voters and candidate interactive dialogue helped each other to understand and satisfy the expectations.

Date: November, 2013 (for 2 weeks)

Area coverage: Dolakha, Nuwakot, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Dhading, Chitwan, Makwanpur, Tanahu, Nawalparasi, Bara, Parsa, Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Kavrepalanchowk

Participants:

Central Team : Nabin Silwal, Deepjyoti Shrestha, Ganesh Budathoki, Ganesh Dhakal, Rupesh Karna, Chet Narayan Rasaili, Radha Dhakal, Devi Pandey, Shambhavii Chapagain, Sreejan Bhattarai, Umesh Ghatani, Shyam Shrestha, Samikchya Neupane, Injina Pathi, Ramesh Shrestha

Dolkha Group: Arjun Dahal, Umesh shrestha

Birgunj: Shivanath Yadhav, Suresh Bidari, Shivkumar Shah

Makwanpur: Ranjita Dangol

Kathmandu and Lalitpur: Ranjita Poudyal, Manisha Adhikary, Bishnu Nepal, Shreeram Adhikary, Pushpa Magar, Smarika KC, Kailash Neupane