VOTEINDIA is a non-partisan movement that seeks to make citizens aware of the urgent need for reforms in our current political system. As it stands, our political system suffers from a crisis in governance. We desperately need to address this crisis. A beginning can be made by reforming our electoral process because that is the only real opportunity that citizens get to exercise their mandate.
What do we do?
1. We provide the platform and tools necessary for effective citizen participation.
2. We mobilize public support through various activities and campaigns aimed at specific reforms, greater accountability, and better democracy.
3. We work with other citizens’ initiatives and movements across the country to work for reform goals nationally.
The origins of VOTEINDIA
While there is broad consensus that the present political system is ridden with defects, there has been a very little national debate on how systemic changes can be implemented. Seeing this as a crucial need of the hour, VOTEINDIA was conceived to provide a platform from which political debate could be initiated. The objective was not to merely present a comprehensive package for change but to enable discussion and action. The campaign was given its shape through meetings with opinion makers, concerned citizens, and activists in several metropolitan cities.
A key architect of the campaign is Dr. Jayaprakash Narayan, founder of the LOK SATTA movement in Andhra Pradesh, which has championed issues of governance reform in the state since its inception in 1997. He is also a member of the National Advisory Council and advises the government on issues of electoral reform.