It’s like a ritual before every election

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Before any kind of election in India you are bound to get this email. It feels even worse when the same person sends it to you after 5 years. I mean… why?

Important and interesting information in
the interest of our Country
.

Did we know that there is a system in our constitution, as per the
1969 act, in section ” 49-O” that a person can go to the polling
booth, confirm his identity, get his finger marked and convey the
presiding election officer that he/she doesn’t want to vote anyone!
Yes such a feature is available, but obviously past + present leaders
have never disclosed it.

This is called “49-O”.

Why should You go and say ” I VOTE NOBODY”. Because, in a ward, if a
candidate wins, say by 123 votes, and that particular ward has
received “49-O” votes more than 123, then that polling will be
cancelled and will have to be re-polled. Not only that, but the
candidature of the contestants will be removed and they cannot contest
the re-polling, since people had already expressed their decision on
them.

This would bring fear into parties and hence look for genuine
candidates for their parties for election. This would change the way;
of our whole political system. It is seemingly surprising why the
election commission has not revealed such a feature to the public.

Please spread this news to as many as You know.

Seems to be a wonderful weapon against corrupt parties in India. Show
Your power, expressing Your desire not to vote for anybody, is even
more powerful than voting. So don’t miss Your chance. So either vote,
or vote not to vote (vote 49-O) and pass this information to all.

Do we really think that someone at the polling booth will know about this? How many of have tried this? I have not but a colleague did and no one at polling station in a well read area of Delhi was even aware such a thing. Who would want to look like a fool.

How can the officers at a polling station record this – the device does not have a button which says “no one”. If they tick your name in the chart and let you go with a mark on your finger then the number of votes that the machine/s record against the number of people who actually voted will not tally 🙂

If this is a part of our constitution then there needs to be adequate provision to exercise the option 🙂

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