This time, NOTA conspicuous by its absence

  • Sachin Sharma, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Feb 20, 2015 10:14 IST

Voters for the upcoming civic polls across Punjab will not be able to express their rejection of the candidates as there is no Nota (none of the above) option on electronic voting machines (EVMs) to be used in these elections.

A letters was issued by the state election commission to all deputy commissioners on February 18, mentioning that there would be no Nota provision in the polls.

According to sources, the state government needed to amend the act under which it conducts the polls to local bodies, so as to make the provision for Nota applicable, but this had not been done so far.

More than 58,000 voters had opted for Nota, rejecting all candidates in the 13 parliamentary constituencies in Punjab in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Additional deputy commissioner-cum-additional district electoral officer Varinder Kumar Sharma confirmed having received the letter from the state election commission in this regard.

After the Supreme Court had in September 2013 upheld the right of voters to reject all candidates contesting the polls, the Nota option was provided in the assembly polls of five states that year, including Delhi.

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