The right to vote is the foundation of a healthy and functioning democracy. It is the most powerful tool to create a better India. Voting is the most important thing of our “Democratic Country” . India is a democratic country, which means, people, choose their rulers/leaders by voting for them in elections. If the roots of our governmental systems will be shaken, then how well will our country develop?
Voting gives the person the right to choose his leader, to question the government about the issues and clarifications. It doesn’t only help you to choose the leader on the basis of the representation but also depending upon the social issues, economical issues, the security system provided to the country etc.
So many people are confused and have one question, Vote for a party or vote for an individual?
It is your own perspective about what do you actually desire out of your vote. If you are majorly concerned about the progress in your constituency, do vote for the individual who you think can bring about a change in your particular area. It is up to you to decide upon the political party which according to you can bring progress and development.
But what if you don’t like any candidate or a party? How you can show your dissatisfaction?
The answer is NOTA.
NOTA – None Of The Above – is a ballot option that we have had in India since 2013. If you are still unsure how it works, here’s what you need to know about it.
What is the use of NOTA?
NOTA gives people dissatisfied with contesting candidates an opportunity to express their disapproval.
It increases the chances of more people turning up to cast their votes, even if they do not support any candidate, and decreases the count of bogus or worthless votes.
How does a person cast a NOTA vote?
The NOTA option in the EVM is given at the bottom of the candidates’ list. Earlier, in order to cast a negative ballot, a voter had to inform the presiding officer at the polling booth. Now the voter has to just press the NOTA option on the EVM.
How are 49(O) and NOTA different?
The Section 49 (O) stood annulled after the SC cleared the NOTA provision. It gave the poll officials a chance to find out the reason behind the rejection of a candidate through the voter’s remarks in Form 17A. Through NOTA, the officials cannot find out the reason for the rejection. Moreover, it protects the identity of a voter, thus keeping the concept of secret balloting intact.
Sole objective of giving the voter a wider choice.
Negative voting will send a clear signal to political parties and candidates as to what the voters think about them.
The ‘use’ of NOTA is to be able to protest against candidates with criminal records, corruption histories and against complete neglect of government towards the needs of the constituency
However, there are some negatives as well:
- In actual terms, NOTA does not imply rejection.
- It is waste of a vote because it is not going to impact the results.
- The problem here is that due to NOTA, some absolutely useless candidate may garner few votes but still be elected.
No Matter What Please Vote. It Counts
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