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Old 12th May 2006, 16:50   #1
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Dear Friends

I am going to give a small brief on Election rule under section 49 - O.

How many of you aware of this 49 - O?

I am very happy that I am creating awareness about 49 - O.

Intro

On an average, in every election, nearly 45 % of the eligible voters don't vote at all. For example in the 1999 MP election at north Chennai, the total number of eligible voters are 4.5 crore. Only 2 crore people were voted.

Why people are not voting?

* They feel that nobody is good.

* They may not like the candidate.

* If you see in TN there is only two alliances, one DMK and ADMK. Karunanithi criticizes JJ and JJ complaints about Karu.

Ultimately the reason for not voting is they don't like the candidates or party.

The candidate require only 30% of cast votes for winning, which is only getting support 16% from the eligible voters.

45 % people don't like them, but 16% people selected.

Now I am entering into 49 - O

It is a election rule under section 49 - O, which allows a voter to cast a null vote. You can get a form at Polling booth fill it and register that they don't like the candidate. Casting your vote is your right and duty. By casting a null vote you are not violating the rule.

What is the advantage?

It is a unique feature of our Indian constitution that it has provide the legal right to the voter to reject all the candidates. Section 49 O of Election rules in 1961, has empowered this right.


If the 45% of the people feel that the candidates are unworthy, the best way to communicate this view to the politcal party is not by their absebtism, by filling the form 49 - O.

If the number of votes for 49 - O is more than the other candidates vote,
the election itself get cancelled. The candiates cannot compete for the
next time. So please if you don't like the candidates vote for 49 - O. Use
this weapon against the politicians.

Requirements

49 - O should be kept secret. There should be a button for 49 - O

Please answer whether you wud like 2 excercise this or vote before stating ur reasons.
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Old 12th May 2006, 18:01   #2
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19 people already read this thread and not a single one responded, guess we dont value our votes!
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Old 12th May 2006, 18:03   #3
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Let the next elections roll around.
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19 people already read this thread and not a single one responded, guess we don't value our votes!
Just because people have read it does not mean they have to reply to it.

And I may use this option given the choice of candidates & mainly let my name appear on voters list first
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Naveen, you got a point here. I also read about this recently and was surprised that I was not aware of something like this, even though I had been voting for many elections now. Some voters in TN did try to use this facility, but were either dissuaded by the returning officers or in some cases those officials themselves were not aware of this facility.
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Originally Posted by naveendhyani
If the number of votes for 49 - O is more than the other candidates vote,
the election itself get cancelled. The candiates cannot compete for the
next time. So please if you don't like the candidates vote for 49 - O. Use
this weapon against the politicians.

Please answer whether you wud like 2 excercise this or vote before stating ur reasons.
I agree its a good weapon but I am 50/50 about using it... for the following 2 main reasons.

1) "the candidates cannot compete for the next time" : I think their acquaintances will, so wont make much of a difference.

2) There is a huge cost involved with arranging elections, I think by using 49-O we will be wasting a lot of money on re-elections, is it worth it? I think we have to be deligent and pick the best from a lot of worst polititians.

I have no intensions of rallying political parties over here but I've read and heard good things about " Paritrana" a party started by IIT folks all young guys... inspired by Yuva! check it out

http://www.lokparitran.org/(kxrnhk55...j2)/index.aspx
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Naveen, you got a point here. I also read about this recently and was surprised that I was not aware of something like this, even though I had been voting for many elections now. Some voters in TN did try to use this facility, but were either dissuaded by the returning officers or in some cases those officials themselves were not aware of this facility.
Very true... Quicksilver, a fellow T-BHPian I think excercised this option... forgot to ask him what his experience was..
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Originally Posted by naveendhyani View Post

If the number of votes for 49 - O is more than the other candidates vote,
the election itself get cancelled.
This is a hoax it seems as per current rules of election in India.

Source: Wikipedia

49-O - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://eci.nic.in/eci_main/press/current/pn051208.pdf

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Thanks for that clarifying post.

So 49-O or 49-0 is just giving up the right to vote and indicating that (so that no one else can misuse your vote/name).
It doesn't say that you reject the candidate.
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