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Not sure if 'right to reject' will work: Twitter, Facebook

Sanya Panwar,  New Delhi, September 27, 2013
First Published: 14:35 IST(27/9/2013) | Last Updated: 12:53 IST(28/9/2013)

Indian citizens will for the first time get the right to reject candidates contesting an election thanks to a Supreme Court (SC) ruling on Friday.

Predictably, devoted, and indifferent voters alike, couldn't help but take to social media to express their opinion on the landmark judgement.

Expressing joy at the prospects of getting to show they do not approve of a candidate, Twitter and Facebook users, in particular, thronged the cyber space- some were excited, others confused.

Applauding the SC judgement that seeks to provide a 'None Of The Above' (NOTA) option at the end of the list of candidates in electronic voting machines (EVMs) and ballot papers, Facebook user Vishal Mahawar said that this would help create a fear among corrupt leaders.

Like many others, another Facebook user Vimal Pratap Singh said the 'right to reject' would encourage wide participation. More people would now turn up simply to reject candidates, which would make both the voters and the politicians take elections seriously.

Sample this:


Member of Parliament from Odisha, Baijayant Jay Panda too said on Twitter he was pleased at the move.

He said: "I welcome this judgement. Candidates who have engaged their constituents won't have a problem with this."

But, he wasn't the only politician to give a positive response.


While the majority welcomed the possibility of the 'right to reject' becoming a reality, many were not quite sure what it would actually mean?

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