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49-O. Elector deciding not to vote.

One of ma friend forwarded me an e-mail describing the right to vote. At first instance i accepted those things completely. Having some urge to find the reality behind that I surfed for a while and got these details on “The Elector deciding not to vote. -49 – O” . Yes, Our Indian Constitution has a rule. But check here that it is different from hoax we receive.

Text of Rule 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 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.

What is this Used for?

Since the ballot paper / Electronic voting machine (EVM) contains only the list of candidates, a voter cannot record his vote under Section 49-O directly. He must inform the presiding officer at the election booth. This violates the secrecy of the ballot. However, with paper ballot a different method is used to “waste” ones vote, which is stamping on multiple candidates. In fact this was the standard method of giving null votes without violating secrecy before the advent of the EVM.

At present, in an election, a winner will be declared irrespective of the number of ‘non-votes’. However, a note of every ‘non-vote’ will be made with the Election Officer, and the total number of non-voters will, presumably, be available under the Right to Information Act.


49-o.Info seems to have done decent research and have come up with an easy to understand writeup that explains the rule. They’ve also indicated at a petition to amend the rule to incorporate the re-poll clause. More athttp://www.49-o.Info


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