Riverside Declaration: Environmental- friendly Election Campaign

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The IIUM Campus Election 2017 is just around the corner! Soon, the corridors and walls in IIUM will be decorated with various posters and banners of the designated candidates, as a fundamental democratic means for election campaign.

Roughly in history, the previous election campaigns have signified an expenditure of a huge sum of money reflected by dozens of posters being hanged, as well as the preparation of souvenirs for voters. And until the final big day for all of us is held – the voting day – only will the spending stopped.

Since Islam is very much pro-environment and strongly goes against wasting, it is praiseworthy to practice a healthy life by reducing the consumption of plastics, which is among the main contributor to the intoxication of land and pollution. Hence, the practice of excessive utilisation of papers and plastics in election campaigns must be stopped.

On 28th of September 2017, an initiative was conducted by Islamic Revealed Knowledge Students’ Secretariat (ISRAK) in collaboration with other parties such as Arabic Language Secretariat (ALA), IIUM Eco Club and IRKHSSS, to call for an environmental-friendly election campaign. The Riverside Declaration was launched and signed by the Presidents of Kulliyyah-based societies including ISRAK, ALA, IRKHSSS, POSSA, PSYCSTA, SOCASA, IIUM Eco Club and i-Masjid.

The Riverside Declaration has three main demands:

1) We encourage the candidates to reduce the utilisation of paper and plastic in their election campaign as minimum as possible

2) We suggest the candidate to take responsibility to clear their campaign materials after election by means of recycle

3) We demand the winner-candidate to provide recycle bins in each Kulliyyah

Until today, more people have shown their support for a more healthy and clean campaign in line with the principles of Shari‘ah. Help spread the awareness by signing this Declaration as a support for a more environmental-friendly election campaign. Together, we create a better IIUM.



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