Press Release: Vote only for candidates & parties that endorse the Goenchi Mati Manifesto

GOA (1-Feb-2017): On Saturday 4th Feb, people from across 40 constituencies will be casting their precious vote for a new Government. As it is our right to vote, we also have a duty to vote justly, and the responsibility to hold our elected leaders accountable to their commitments.

 

The Goenchi Mati Movement calls upon all citizens to elect those candidates and other political parties that have endorsed and supported their manifesto, and pledged to implement it faithfully. Except 18-Poriem, the other 39 constituencies have at least one party / candidate contesting the elections that supports the manifesto. Citizens can check which parties / candidates support our manifesto at http://goenchimati.org/election2017.

The Movement is asking for the implementation of some simple Constitutional principles in the management of our natural resources, especially the State of Goa’s mineral wealth. Minerals are our shared inheritance and do not belong to mining lease-holders or the government, but to the people of the state, poor and rich and it is our duty to ensure that we protect our inheritance for future generations. Only if we do that, may we consume the fruit. Any loss is a loss to our children and all future generations for Goa.

The Movement proposes a model for mining that protects the rights of children and of future generations of Goa. It also dramatically reduces the potential for looting that is associated with mining, which has caused tremendous environmental, economic and social damage and corrupted several sectors in Goa.

This election we have a unique opportunity that must not be given away, an opportunity to vote wisely and make the right choice to decide the fate of Goa and her generations to come.

The Goenchi Mati Movement is a single issue movement which is by policy not aligned with political parties. GMM has asked parties to endorse and incorporate the Goenchi Mati Manifesto into their manifestos for the Goa Assembly elections on Feb 4. The Goenchi Mati Manifesto is available at goenchimati.org/manifesto. It is available in English, with translations into Konkani (Devnagari, Romi), MarathiHindi and Portuguese.  Show your support at goenchimati.org/supportAamchi 

Mati Aamka Zai!

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