Elections are going to be held in Gujarat very soon and all political parties have started and initiated the campaign. But are you aware of a power which lies with the citizens to reject a candidate in an election.
Did you know that there is a provision in the constitution of India, as per the Conduct of Elections Rules,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 these seemingly notorious leaders have never disclosed it. This is called "49-O".
49-O: 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 effects hall 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.
If you think none of the candidates at the ward are able enough to lead the community, you can always opt not to vote, but if you will use this right of yours you may start new things in our electoral process which will further strengthen our democracy. It is useful in the following way----
In a ward, if a candidate wins, say by 'x' votes, and that particular ward has received "49-O" votes more than x, 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 have 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 the word about this and make our fellow country-men aware of this right. Because no political party or conventional media will campaign for this. It's yours and mine duty. So go ahead.
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