Pune: With election season heating up and the political parties in their last minute efforts to woo voters, there is welcoming news for Puneites.
Members of National Society for Clean Cities (NCSS) is collaborating with a Mumbai group to prepare a database that will provide all the required information about the contesting candidates in one’s area.
After working successfully for portal mumbaivotes.com for a decade now and having covered three elections, Vivek Gilani plans to replicate it in other parts of the country as well.
An environment engineer by profession, Gilani and his team are taking baby steps in helping the voters make better choices before voting for the contesting candidates.
For Pune, a group of students from Citizens group National Society for Clean Cities and students volunteers from Symbiosis College of Liberal Arts will be doing the research. They will also help in preparing the website’s database, which would be completely apolitical, added Gilani.
Speaking at the meet, Gilani said, “Through this platform, we hope to unite and project the good works that the people’s representatives performed during their tenure. The online candidate profiling will cater to the citizens’ needs who are often left in dark about the candidate representing their area.”
Gilani added that the site would also have a detailed analysis showing the report card of these elected members, tallied on the lines of their promises versus performances, which could be helpful parameters for citizens.
The website is likely to go online two weeks before the elections. President of NCSS Satish Khot, “We are collaborating with the Mumbai team to set up this platform that would enable the citizens to have a holistic idea of their representative before they vote.”
The portal punevotes.com would be just a step closer towards facilitating the citizens not just to vote but select their candidates. Similar efforts are being done for Nashik candidates too, said Gilani.