What if you don’t like what the parties offer?

Prof V.S. SREEDHARA of the People’s Democratic Forum went to the polling booth this morning to caste his vote, but didn’t find a candidate or party deserving of his choice. So, instead of wasting his sweat, he decided to use provision 49 (O) of the Constitution and indicated that “None Of The Above” interested him.

“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.”

Should more voters use the “None of the Above” provision to indicate that they don’t want to be stuck choosing the best among the worst? Should the “None of the Above” option be made available on the electronic voting machines? Could this bring a change in the kind of candidates the parties put up?

Video: courtesy Pedestrian Pictures