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How to beat the Indian Politician

November 30, 2008

This mail seems to be floating around, albeit a little late after the Delhi election, but probably still useful for times to come. Prerna’s post prompted me to post this here. It will also help to know if this is indeed legal or just another urban legend.

Of course, like Prerna pointed out in her post, even if we don’t won’t for anyone at that particular election, the re-election might be no better. Most of the time we vote for the party and not necessarily the candidate.

Update: See my comment below for additional information on this.

Update2: Here’s the Wikipedia site for 49-O

How to Beat The Indian  Politician

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 to the presiding election officer that he doesn’t want to vote anyone!

Yes such a feature is available, but obviously our seemingly notorious leaders have never disclosed it. This is called “49-O”.

Why should you go and say “I VOTE FOR 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 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 voting right for a better INDIA

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 1, 2008 5:33 am

    Are you sure this is true? Did you verify this? I have no idea…. do let us know! Great idea!!

  2. lifeofhues permalink*
    December 1, 2008 4:36 pm

    I came across the Election Reforms proposal of Election Commission of India. This proposal is dated 2 Aug 2004. Here’s a link to the PDF file.

    Under Negative/Neutral voting section:
    “…In the voting using the conventional ballot paper and ballot boxes, an elector can drop the ballot paper without marking his vote against any of the candidates, if he chooses so. However, in the voting using the Electronic Voting Machines, such a facility is not available to the voter. Although, Rule 49 O of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 provides that an elector may refuse to vote after he has been identified and necessary entries made in the Register of Electors and the marked copy of the electoral roll, the secrecy of voting is not protected here inasmuch as the polling officials and the polling agents in the polling station get to know about the decision of such a voter….”

    The paper goes on to propose amendment to the law to specifically provide for negative/neutral voting and adding “None of the above” option.

    Hope this helps. Will provide more info if I come across it.

  3. subbu permalink
    December 2, 2008 11:06 am

    I am going to take this path. I really wish more people use this option not to vote people like:

    – Achutanandan who says even dogs won’t visit the slain NSG commando’s home if not for his death
    – Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who doesn’t like people wearing lipstick and tie protesting terrorism
    – Vilasrao Deshmukh, who visits the terror spot as if he is visiting Switzerland for this honeymoon.
    – RR Patil, who says terror attacks are common in big cities like Mumbai.

    And we have these gentlemen who turn everything into political issue.
    – Advani
    – The Great Thackerays
    – Arjun Singh and the The Yadavs

    I am ashamed to be an Indian in the same league as these people.

  4. December 3, 2008 4:09 pm

    Great, I wish I had read this post before Delhi elections. Never too late.Thanks for mentioning my post.

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