Candidate with highest votes wins,even if majority goes for NOTA: EC

Candidate securing the highest number of votes would be declared elected.

Written by Press Trust Of India | New Delhi | Published: October 29, 2013 3:50 am

The Election Commission Monday said that the candidate securing the highest number of votes would be declared elected even if the number of electors going for the None of the Above (NOTA) option surpassed the votes polled by the electoral contestants.

The EC also said that if the number of contestants was equal to the number of seats to be filled,the Returning Officer has to declare all of them duly elected,as per provisions of Section 53(2) of the Representation of People Act,1951.

“In the case of elections to Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies,where there is only one contesting candidate in the fray,the Returning Officer has to,in accordance with the provisions of the said Section 53(2),declare the sole contesting candidate as elected,” an EC release said. The EC clarified that the NOTA option is not relevant in such cases.

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