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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Autposy of the I Vote for Nobody email Fwd

Post 26/11 Mumbai is totally different. In fact, it has spread across the country. Everybody is charged up and has an urge to do something, take an action, be a part of or trigger a revolution in order to take charge of the country. Citizens are putting their words into action and putting in all efforts to channelize their anger and pain into building a better, safer future for all of us.

Post the terror attacks, citizens are engaged in constructive activities ranging from organizing peace/protest rallies, candle lighting, debates, blood donations, creating FB orkut groups and discussion fora, writing blog posts etc. The motive being clear: to challenge the system and make sure that we create a diligent and safe society.

One such initiative was forwarding of this email across groups and individuals that challenges the politicians and threatens them indirectly by describing an option of voting nobody in the election.
This act however, also stands as an example of the trouble and confusion we might cause and create amongst ourselves if our initiatives are not checked upon with due diligence.

Here is the email as I received it:


Dear All,

Section 49-O of the Constitution

Did you 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 doesn't want to vote anyone!

Yes such a feature is available, but obviously these seemingly notorious 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... showing 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 info on...

"Please forward this mail to as many as possible, so that we, the people of India, can really use this power to save our nation".

Use your vote right for a better INDIA.
I was excited on reading it, as it seemed to be an interesting piece of NEWS. However, after scouting for related info over the internet I came down with the following notes:

  • Here is the link to an official government PDF that confirms the rule :
    http://www.eci.gov.in/PROPOSED_ELECTORAL_REFORMS.pdf (pg 15/32)

  • You dont end up voting for Nobody. You just identify and not vote.

  • This means --> that the polling officer will come to know of your decision in this case. This will be recorded.

  • Here is the pdf that gives info on the consequence of doing so:
    http://archive.eci.gov.in/handbook/PRESIDING%20OFFICER.pdf (pg 49/119)

  • Note that: Constitution of India has Articles and not sections! This particular item is a part of Rule 49 O of the Conduct of Election Rules

  • Beware : The original post has a lot of loose ends.Don't take it as is. If elections were to be redone in this manner, then the EC would end up spending loads of cash; there also exists the possibility of an infinite loop in some constituencies.
    E.g. :

    Candidate wins, say by 123 votes, and that particular ward has Received "49-O" votes more than 123

    Did he get 123 votes and win? OR Did win by margin of 123 votes?
It is very crucial for all of us to think rationally and with due diligence before we act; else there is a high probability of adding more to the prevailing anger and confusion instead of channelizing it properly.

Jai Hind!






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4 comments:

Noel said...

Nice work. Received a few clarification emails myself about this. Do a little SEO on the article, it'll bring a lot more traffic to your blog and help spread the word.

Lavin Mirchandani said...

Thanks Noel! I think the SEO will happen on its own since its a genuine piece of information. Any reader would definitely like to stumble/share this post with his/her source of this incoming email.

shaswat said...

I think it is a very impractical decision to take . This concept called as a " negative vote " was brought in a few years back and was reported in the papers . But it would only add to the political chaos and lead to money being spent needlessly on a re- election .

Lavin Mirchandani said...

Indeed sashwat, it is an impractical way of doing things. The only bright soln that i can think of is an initiative from the youth to participate in politics! I mean qualified people.