Symbol for ‘None of the Above’ (NOTA) option in Bihar Elections 2015
The debate on the issue has been warm for quite some time by the Election Commission of India and higher authorities of the governing bodies. After lot of contemplation and research, the Election Commission of India has come up with a symbol that would signify, the ‘None of the above’ option (NOTA) in the election ballots from now on.
The option would be displayed on EVMs and any other ballot papers and this rule would come into effective from 11th of October 2013. To clarify and help you not confuse, we would take an example here. We all know that every contestant in the election has a particular symbol published in front of their name.
However, there are votes at times who do not wish to vote any of the contestants, simply because they feel that none of the candidates fit their preference. This situation, earlier used to be a compulsory voting for the voters since they had to choose one of the candidates, whether they like him/her or not. Now, if you don’t like any of the candidates on the election ballot, you can still exercise your vote by choosing the ‘None of the above’ option or simply called as NOTA.
As per the election commission, the symbol would be typically present on the last row of the election ballot. In this regards, each employee and member of the election has been ably trained and briefed.
This new policy would help the election commission know the percentage of voting population who did not feel that any of the contestants was fit enough to be voted to the post. This would also help the government and its agencies to chart out welfare and representation devices in the particular constituency and thus provide constructive measures.
To vote is the right of every citizen of India. At the same time, if a vote feels that none of the contestant fits their choice of representation, he/she should be provided with the option of letting their vote go uncounted. This symbol is just a step in the same pursuit and we hope it would bring some constructive date to the election commission and to the government.