You should know that there is provision in The Conduct of Elections Rules , 1961 that allows you to convey to the election officer that you don't want to vote for anyone? Sec 49-O allows you to cast a protest vote. THE CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS RULES, 1961 Clause 49O. Elector deciding not to vote.-If an elector, after his electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters in Form-17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49L, decided not to record his vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark. But why should you do this? This is a way by which citizens can protest against the candidates & also you do your duty by casting your precious vote even though you hate all of them. And in the long run this may help The Election Commission come up with NON OF THE ABOVE OPTION. Hope so this would serve as a lesson to political parties who would have no choice but to look for genuinely clean candidates. This could change our entire political system. It is surprising the Election Commission has not made this provision public yet. Citizen groups have been promoting the idea of casting a protest vote if one is unhappy with the kind of candidates standing from his / her constituency and believes neither deserves his/her vote...... I had cast a protest vote and was absolutely appalled at the reaction of the presiding officers who said to me that if you do not want to cast you vote " go stay at home , why do you come here !! " ghar baithne ka, idhar kaiko aaya!!! “...all that for exercising clause49 of the election rules!! We hope all citizens will respond to this PROTEST VOTE CALL , then we do not need to settle for a lesser evil representative than the evil one.
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