The “None Of The Above” option given to the Country’s electorate for the first time has been noted wide and across the nation. The button has been hit a whopping 60 lakh times this time, a 1.1% of all the votes polled! On an average, 10 thousand votes have been polled for NOTA in each Lok Sabha constituency. Chattisgarh voters, about 1.9% of them, did not like any of the candidates in the fray and expressed their displeasure by choosing NOTA. 1.8% of Gujarat took the negative vote option. Jharkhand too polled 1.5% negative votes.
The number of NOTA votes polled has been found to be significantly higher in SC, ST reserved constituencies, which shows the derisive attitude of the upper caste voters to the standing lower caste candidates, say social scientists. Nilgiris SC constituency in Tamil Nadu polled highest number of NOTA votes, over 46 thousand. 2G scam accused A Raja was the losing candidates here, he had lost the poll with a margin of just over one lakh. South Bangalore, where BJP’s Anantha Kumar won a sixth time defeating Nandan Nilekani also saw a huge number of NOTA votes. In fact, NOTA votes here were more in number compared to what Pramod Muthalik, Sri Ram Sene leader managed from here!
Chattisgarh polled over 3% votes during assembly elections held last year.
“The NOTA option on EVMs has no electoral value. Even if the maximum number of votes cast is for NOTA, the candidate getting the most of the remaining votes would be declared winner,” said an election commission official. The option is expected to be given some legal sanctity in the future.