There is a way to make yourself heard even by voting against ALL the canditates..
I have been made aware of this by Navin’s comment under the Lonely Planet Blog.
The ‘Conduct of Election Rules 1961 act, Section 49(O)’ of the Indian Manual of Election Law states that ” “If an elector ….. decided not to record his vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry …..”
Does this mean that we can excercise our franchise by collectively NOT voting for anyone, but to register a protest as a ‘No – Vote” ? Certainly a powerful weapon. How about the winning canditate claiming victory by saying :
Winning Canditate : 12 % of the Votes Cast
Loosing Candidate : 3 % of the Votes Cast
NO- VOTES : 85 % of the Votes Cast
Without the NO-VOTES registered, the satement would be as follows :
Winning Canditae : 75 % of the Votes Cast
Loosing Canditate 25% of the Votes Cast
Makes a huge difference to the perception of the electoral victory, doesn’t it ? Maybe we should have a constitutional amendment that says that if the No-Votes registered exceeds 50% of the total Votes cast, the election is null and void ??
So get out there in the next election and even if you hate all the canditates (probably) cast NO-Vote !!