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Voters have right to reject all candidates: SC

A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam held that citizens have right to cast negative vote rejecting all candidates contesting polls

September 27, 2013 2:51 IST | India Infoline News Service
The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Election Commission to provide 'none of the above options' at the end of the list of candidates in electronic voting machines (EVMs) and ballot papers to allow voters to reject those contesting polls.

A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam held that citizens have right to cast negative vote rejecting all candidates contesting polls.

The decision is expected to encourage people who are not satisfied with contestants to turn up for voting.

According to the Supreme Court, negative voting would foster purity and vibrancy of elections and ensure wide participation as people who are not satisfied with the candidates in the fray would also turn up to express their opinion rejecting contestants.


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