Assembly elections were unexpectedly announced in September 1999. AGNI’s response took the form of drafting Citizen Charters. Some 30 Meet Your Candidate (MYC) events were organized in the MLA constituencies. Never before had citizens interacted in this way on this scale with candidates. People responded enthusiastically. AGNI was able to obtain written pledges from the candidates. After the elections, Meet Your Elected Representatives (MYER) programmes were organized to hold MLAs to pre-election commitments.
As civic elections approached (February 2002), AGNI turned to “problem-solving” through the elective process. It saw that any change in civic conditions had to be made through governance via the Municipal Corporation. Water supply, traffic regulation, drains, roads, hospitals, building and repair permissions, schools and many other public services are the responsibility of the municipality. Citizens were largely unaware of the link between these essential services and their votes. Aiming at cleansing the electoral process and creating public awareness of the importance of voting, AGNI launched the city’s first ever “Election Watch.”
To help increase in the voting pattern, AGNI published a Booklet in 3 languages on “A GUIDE TO VOTERS”
BMC Elections 2017
With MCGM (BMC) Elections due in February 2017, AGNI will start their programs of Election Watch right from updating the voters roll to ensuring parties put up good non-criminal candidates and also ensure maximum number of voters go and vote on the election date.
As usual AGNI will prepare a Comparative Statement of information, given in their affidavits, of all candidates in each of the Corporator constituency in a single sheet and help voter in deciding their vote.
Awareness campaign for BMC Elections 2017 in Bandra (H West)
A letters written by school children to their parents asking them to vote in BMC Elections 2017
Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee (Members of Raja Sabha & LOK Sabha) Personnel Public Grievance Law & Order had meeting on Wen 7th June '17 at Taj Lands’ end hotel at Bandra. Anand Sharma chaired the meeting discussion was held with representatives of State Government along with Chief Electorate Officer CEO, recognized political parties NGOs, experts & other stake holders in State Government of Maharashtra on ELECTORAL REFORMS.
Electoral Reforms agenda was to be discussed on election related issues :
- Commercial Media
- Acts / Reforms
- Election process EVMS
State Government officials political parties & NGOs deliberated on the above subject matters
everyone was cautioned to maintain secrecy till such time Parliamentary Standing Committee presents it's report in Parliament. Everyone has to send written submission to the Secretary of Standing Committee Willie Shirsat represented AGNI he made few interventions which was very well accepted meeting ended with vote of thanks.
Know Your CandidateMeet
Contesting for the BMC elections 2017
AGNI as one of the associated member for the event .
A very large Citizens participation, approx 300 participants at St Anthony Church Malwani, P/ N wards 32 & 33.
Four Candidates present Charter of Demands were presented. Each candidates spoke as to why citizens should vote for him/ her.
Every participants were given the slip to write what they feel is essential for their ward slips were given at a special counter manned by AGNI & SOUL representatives who collated & brief the queries to the moderator.
Moderator asked those questions to the candidates for which satisfactory replies were given by candidates Meeting ended with vote of thanks & National Anthem.