Among the 106 applied the screening committee selected a total of 44 candidates and the popular faces that flashed were of AAP national executive members Shazia IIlmi, from the R.K. Puram and Manish Sisodia from Patparganj constituencies. Briefing further about the candidates and the selection procedure Kejriwal said, “We have candidates from varied professional backgrounds including IIT engineers, lawyers, journalists, former defense personnel etc. and the most interesting part is that shortlist also consists of some former congress and BJP workers, whose screening was done with utmost care to ensure that they previously maintained a spotless social background and were not being chased out by their respective parties for unethical work.”
From each constituency there are 3-5 probable candidates and the complete list will be on the official website of AAP for 15 days and Arvind asked the people to have a glance at the names appearing in the list and inform AAP if there’s any information or records that unfit them for candidature with proper evidence. If credible evidence of any wrong doing is received against any of the candidates, their names will be taken off the shortlist. It is to be noted that AAP had disclosed in its candidate selection process a few weeks back, and after 15 days from now there would be debate among the candidates in their respective constituencies and lastly the final candidate would be selected on the basis of preferential voting by the active volunteers of that particular region.
Replying to media queries Arvind quoted, “The final list of the first short list would come up by 15thJune’2013 and within the next one week from now the second short list is likely to be announced and the final process is expected to be completed by the end of July”
Why the final preferential voting will only be done by AAP volunteers and why the common non-volunteers are not included, is perhaps also an important question that Arvind much introspect on.
Certainly, on papers the selection procedure seems to be very much innovative and constructive one, but at the same time it’s challenging too. However, how it is actually executed will be an important thing to look into in the due course of time. Moreover, how the voters actually anticipate to the process will be interesting to find out.