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Don't want to vote, fill form 49-0

PTI  New Delhi, May 06, 2009
First Published: 15:05 IST(6/5/2009) | Last Updated: 15:17 IST(6/5/2009)

If you are dissatisfied with the candidate of your area, then just don't sit at home, instead voice your disapproval by filling Form 49-O at the polling booth tomorrow on V-day which gives you a right to not to vote.

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"Though there is no such button (right not to vote) on an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), there is a provision in the law to ask for Form 49-O at polling booths.

"A voter can exercise his/her right to not to vote. We have instructed our presiding officers to give the forms who demand for it," Deputy Chief Electoral Officer JK Sharma said.

He said in this election, they will also compile a data on the number of people opting for such forms in the city where polls are being held in seven constituencies on May 7.

As per the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, the voter deciding not to 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.

However, even if the number of voters who choose to exercise their option not to vote through Form O exceeds the margin of votes secured by the winning candidate over the runner up, it will not invalidate the election, Sharma added.


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