Friday, September 27, 2013

NOTA approved by Supreme Court

This post is about the approval of ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) by the Supreme Court of India.

It was in the year 2004 when the People's Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) had moved the pinnacle court with a supplication that voters may as well have a right to contrary vote, truism that it would like to vote none of the competitors recorded in EVM.

In a historic judgment, the Supreme Court Friday the 26 September 2013, ordered the Election Commission to give a 'none of the above' button in EVMs for voters to reject candidates who are in the election hoping to be the next in the body or governance.

The seat of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and Justice Ranjan Gogoi said that negative voting would step by step prompt systemic change as political parties will regard the will of the individuals in selecting their candidates. 

The court gave directions to the election controlling apex body election commission to add the button in regard to NOTA in the EVMs system and also on the printed ballot paper, for more smooth and efficient democracy.

The apex court said that for a vibrant vote based system the voter has the right to negative voting by denying all the applicants in fight by practicing the choice of ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) in EVMs and ballot papers.

The court's choice is relied upon to be executed in the forth coming elections.

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