More than 5.5 lakh voters – or 1.8 per cent voters –pressed the NOTA button on the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the recent assembly elections in Gujarat, where the winning margin was less than NOTA in several constituencies.
As many as 2,373 voters from the constituency did not want to vote for anyone, leaving Nagarajan with a meagre 1,417 votes
Questioning the party for not challenging this provision, which has been in force since 2014, the bench observed that many elections have since been held but “when it suited you, you did not challenge it”.
The apex court has, however, agreed to examine the constitutional validity of using NOTA in all elections.
The petition, filed by Shailesh Manubhai Parmar, the chief whip of the party in the Gujarat Assembly, requested the court to quash the August 1 circular issued by the secretary. The circular said the NOTA option would be made applicable in the elections to the Upper House.
In a memorandum to the Election Commission, the BJP said: “It is submitted that use of NOTA in the upcoming poll has become an issue of debate among the political parties and therefore, a proper consensus should be made before the use of NOTA in election in Rajya Sabha.”
The Congress is bracing for a tough fight in Gujarat where Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel is seeking a reelection. Six Congress MLAs quit from the party after the exit of Shankersin Vaghela.
Kerala was only state where NOTA was less than 1 per cent.
Poll panel had informed court about promotional activities through TV, radio, newspapers.
Petitioner and lawyer K R Koshti, has sought court’s intervention to the extent “to provide the button of NOTA in the EVMs in the election to the local bodies”.
Designed by National Institute of Design Ahmedabad, the symbol was cleared by the Election Commission recently. The symbol will be used for the first time in Bihar
The NOTA symbol has been designed by National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
A civil court in Vadodara rejected the contention of the defendants that the suit filed by Advocate Mahesh Thakar’s challenging Thursday’s Bar Association election was not maintainable as the Association was unregistered.
The petition seeks that the BBA be directed to include the NOTA option, as per law laid down by the Supreme Court.
Hardeep Singh defeats Cong candidate by 4,950 votes; leads in 21 of the 22 polling stations.