After posting last post about voters should have right to reject all the candidates. I found this material which tries to provide the said aciton. Check this article.
Guide to Voters proivdes (in PDF format , 201 kb)
“11. Can you decline to cast your vote at the last stage?
11.1 The law enables a voter to decline casting his vote at the last stage. If you decide not to cast your vote after having signed on the Register of Voters and after having received the voters’ slip from the Second Polling Officer, you must inform the Presiding Officer immediately. He will then take back the voters’ slip from you and proceed to record in the remarks column of the Register of Voters that you have declined to exercise your franchise and you will be required to put your signature under such entry. After this is done, you can leave the polling station without proceeding to the Voting Compartment.”
But this provisions has some lacuna as observed by the Election Commissions in Proposed Electoral Reforms (PDF format, 165 kb) :
“7. NEGATIVE / NEUTRAL VOTING
The Commission has received proposals from a very large number of individuals and organizations that there should be a provision enabling a voter to reject all the candidates in the constituency if he does not find them suitable. In the voting using the conventional ballot paper and ballot boxes, an elector can drop the ballot paper without marking his vote against any of the candidates, if he chooses so. However, in the voting using the Electronic Voting Machines, such a facility is not available to the voter. Although, Rule 49 O of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 provides that an elector may refuse to vote after he has been identified and necessary entries made in the Register of Electors and the marked copy of the electoral roll, the secrecy of voting is not protected here inasmuch as the polling officials and the polling agents in the polling station get to know about the decision of such a voter.”
Then the commission has recommended :
“The Commission recommends that the law should be amended to specifically provide for negative / neutral voting. For this purpose, Rules 22 and 49B of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 may be suitably amended adding a proviso that in the ballot paper and the particulars on the ballot unit, in the column relating to names of candidates, after the entry relating to the last candidate, there shall be a column ioNone of the abovela, to enable a voter to reject all the candidates, if he chooses so. Such a proposal was earlier made by the Commission in 2001 (vide letter dated 10.12.2001).
(A petition by the People™s Union for Civil Liberties seeking such a provision filed at the time of the recent general elections is pending before the Hon™ble Supreme Court)”
Now, it is not clear that what is proposed effect of such “vote of rejection”. What if a candidate gets more or same rejection votes then election ? In more interesting scenario ,what if a candidate get higest vote for election among all the candidate but (un)fortunately , and he also get more/same rejection votes?
If this amendment is made applicable, it will be the biggest nightmare for all the parties. All the formula of winning any elections which are being applied presently will be overturned.
A candidate will have to be more watchful and alert towards the public sentiments. One will be not be able to get votes by pleaseing buttering the voters. Politician will not be able to purchase the vote for their election. There will be laughable situations, when candidates will be requesting most voters not to vote at all so their selected voter can go and vote postively. It will be difficult to purchase vote as it is done now. There are many hilarious possiblities. Good governence will be sole key for re-election.
I hope that this amendment is allowed, let the politician see , who rules.