NOTA can become effective only if it gets more than 50 percent votes in elections: Former Chief Election Commissioner

Indore. In the current situation, terming “NOTA” as symbolic, former Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat has said that this voting option will have legal influence on the election results only after “NOTA” gets more than 50 percent votes on any seat. We can think about making it more effective. After Congress appealed to the voters to vote for “NOTA” (none of the above) in the Lok Sabha elections to be held on May 13 (Monday) on Indore Lok Sabha seat, the debate has started again regarding this voting option. .

Declared Congress candidate Akshay Kanti Bam, giving a big blow to the party, withdrew his nomination on April 29, the last date for withdrawal of nominations, and he joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) soon after. As a result, for the first time in the 72-year history of this seat, Congress is not in the electoral race. Former Chief Election Commissioner Rawat said on Sunday, “In the present situation, NOTA is like a symbol and it cannot have any impact on the election result of any seat.”

Explaining this in detail, he said, “Right now, if in any election NOTA gets 99 votes out of 100 and any other candidate gets only one vote, then still this candidate and not NOTA will be declared the winner.” The former Chief Election Commissioner said, “Once voters vote for NOTA by more than 50 per cent on a seat, they will have to show the political community that they do not consider candidates with criminal background or other unpleasant candidates worthy of their votes.” Only after this will the pressure on the Parliament and the Election Commission increase and they will have to think about changing the laws to make NOTA effective on the election results.

The NOTA button was included in electronic voting machines in September 2013 following the Supreme Court decision. It was added to the voting options to discourage parties from fielding tainted candidates. Anil Verma, head of the NGO Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), said that in the last two Lok Sabha elections of 2014 and 2019, NOTA got less than two percent of the votes on an average.

He said, “To take the NOTA option to the next level, it should be made legally powerful.” We believe that if NOTA gets more votes than all the candidates on any seat, then the election should be canceled and fresh elections should be held with new candidates.” In the last Lok Sabha elections of 2019, NOTA had won from Gopalganj in Bihar. Maximum votes were received on the seat. Then 51,660 voters of this area had opted for NOTA and NOTA got about five percent of the total votes.

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