Press Esc to close
Tuesday 04 August 2015
News updated at 2:17 AM IST
Weather
Max: 32°C
Min : 20°C
In Bengaluru
Rain lightly

Advani welcomes SC ruling on negative vote

New Delhi, Oct 6, 2013, (IANS) :
Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani. File Photo

Bharatiya Janata Party leader L.K. Advani Sunday welcomed the Supreme Court verdict that offers people the option of casting their votes for "None of the Above" (NOTA), thus making way for a negative vote.

"As things stand today, voters who without any legitimate justification have not been exercising the valuable right of franchise that the Indian constitution has conferred on them have, unwittingly, been casting a negative vote against all the contesting candidates without intending to do so," Advani said in his latest blog.

However, he added that along with this provision, voting should be made mandatory.
"I hold, therefore, that a negative vote would become really meaningful if it is accompanied also by the introduction of mandatory voting," he added.

Advani gave credit to Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's prime minister candidate Narendra Modi for making the first move in this direction.

"The only state in India which has on its own initiative moved in this direction (compulsory voting) is Gujarat.

"Under Narendra Modi its assembly has twice legislated for compulsory voting, but the bill has not received the assent of the Governor, or even of New Delhi," he said.

Advani had earlier resisted Modi's elevation first as BJP's campaign committee chief and later as prime ministerial candidate.

In the blog, the senior BJP leader pointed out that 31 countries in the world have compulsory voting, but only a dozen of them actually enforce it by having deterrent provisions for citizens who fail to vote without justified reason.

He felt that the election commission should convene an all-party meeting for a purposeful debate on the entire issue after providing them the text of the Supreme Court judgment and a comprehensive report on the laws and rules in these 31 countries.

Advani also praised former chief election commissioner S.Y. Quraishi for arguing through newspaper articles that India should have the negative vote option.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Locals wade through a waterlogged road after high tide on River Ganga at Kalighat...

Locals wade through a waterlogged road after high tide on River Ganga at Kalighat...

Foreign tourists wade through a waterlogged road after high tide on Ganga river at Kalighat...

Foreign tourists wade through a waterlogged road after high tide on Ganga river at Kalighat...

Children sitting on the roof of a house in a flooded village at Satul in Murshidabad...

Children sitting on the roof of a house in a flooded village at Satul in Murshidabad...

Manish Malhotra with actress Aishwarya Rai on the ramp at the India Couture Week...

Manish Malhotra with actress Aishwarya Rai on the ramp at the India Couture Week...

Juhi Chawla at an interactive session on health hazards due to mobile radiations in Mumbai...

Juhi Chawla at an interactive session on health hazards due to mobile radiations in Mumbai...

Sania Mirza walks the ramp during a fashion show at India International Jewellery Week...

Sania Mirza walks the ramp during a fashion show at India International Jewellery Week...

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Bhopal on Monday to promote his upcoming film 'Manjhi - The Mountain Man'...

Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Bhopal on Monday to promote his upcoming film 'Manjhi - The Mountain Man'...

Sonam Kapoor walks the ramp during India International Jewellery Week...

Sonam Kapoor walks the ramp during India International Jewellery Week...

Kohli reacts at a hotel staff after arriving at Hotel Taj in Colombo...

Kohli reacts at a hotel staff after arriving at Hotel Taj in Colombo...

Chitrangada Singh walks the ramp during India International Jewellery Week...

Chitrangada Singh walks the ramp during India International Jewellery Week...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523