Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Rule 49 (O)

Here, I got a very interesting e-mail from a friend regarding exercising Rule 49 (O). It says :

In a particular constituency, if a voter has dislikes all of the candidates competing there, then he can show his dislike to all of them by registering for 49 (O).

Steps for doing this :
1. While registering the name at the time of voting, convey the booth officials that, you want to go for Rule 49 (O).
2. Register your signature in the 49 (O) form available there.

Now, if the number of 49 (O) count is larger than that of the winning candidates total vote count, then a re-election is called there.

More than all, the shameful fact is,
This 49 (O) is available ever since 1960, but it is in no way conveyed to the people. Neither the government communicate this, nor did the election commission.

As long as the people are unaware of this one, the political parties are enjoying by winning the election and ditching our country. To stop this disaster to continue further, we don't need to take a sword and fight against the government. Just help every citizen to know that they have such a powerful weapon which can be used for ensuring their welfare.

None of the media will be ready to publish this 49 (O). Let us do this by ourselves. Communicate this information with all your family, friends, neighbors as much as you can and let them know their right. Please send this mail to everyone you know and request them to spread it across to everyone.

Convey this information to as many people you know. Not only, we get a satisfaction that we have done a good service for our country's welfare.

This is very well equal to what our patriots have done for the independence of our country.

Very less time left before the next election drama. Before that lets make sure that everyone speaks about this word "49 (O)".


Yogesh Puranik said...

Dear All,

Regarding the issue of "Right to Reject" an election candidate (or section 49-O of Conduct of Election Rules), I found out some more Interesting Facts:
1) What does Section 49-O say?


49-O. Elector deciding not to vote.-If an elector, after his

electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters

in Form-17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as

required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49L, decided not to record his

vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in

Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb
impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark. "

2) What are the implications? Does this mean that there would be re-elections if number of 49-O votes against the winning candidate are more? Will such a winning candidate be barred from re-election?

What section 49-O will do is only to register the persons'(who has selected the option of 49-O) signature or thumb impression. Their vote will be counted, but AS OF TODAY their vote(if 49-O votes are more than the winning candidates votes) will not negate the result. A PIL (by 'peoples union for civil liberties')to this effect is pending in the Hon'ble Supreme Court. There is no Judgement as yet on the Implications of 49-O towards the much hyped re-elections and barring of such candidates from re-election.

3) What happens to the identity of the 49-O voter?

This is the most glaring and criticized matter. Since the 49-O voter is required to sign a form or put his thumb impression, his identity is revealed. This happens as the electronic ballot does not have a button to this effect. This is also against the right of 'secrecy of voting'.

The PIL has addressed these issues and more, however, the judicial system is taking its time in delivering a verdict, as always!

The CEC of India during 2004, Mr. T. S. Krishna Murthy, has made several recommendations to our PM, Mr. Manmohan Singh ji.

Cast your vote with knowledge, even a 49-O vote is useless today, until we win the PIL.

Warm regards.

Nehal Shah said...

Thanks Yogesh !! for sharing the valuable information.

Anonymous said...

its 2nd feb,2007,00.01hrs , i heard something abt this rule in the news today... , i'll confirm the info tmrow and will post it here