ECI to nullify result if maximum votes are for NOTA: SC seeks reply
Guwahati: The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to examine public interest litigation (PIL)that seeks fresh polls in constituencies where voters reject all candidates by casting maximum votes in favor of the NOTA (None of the Above).
A bench comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde and Justices AS Bopanna and V Ramasubramanian issued notices to the Central government and the Election Commission of India (ECI), seeking their replies in four weeks to the PIL.
The plea filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay has also sought directions to restrict the contesting candidates from taking part in the fresh election, who have participated in the nullified election.
“The right to reject and elect a new candidate will give power to the people to express their discontent. If voters are dissatisfied with the background or performance of contesting candidates, they will opt for NOTA (none of the above) to reject such candidates and elect a new candidate,” the petition said.
Upadhyay has also said that the Centre should be directed to come up with appropriate steps, including suitable amendments in the law, so as to empower the voters with a right to reject with consequences on an election.