6 mil­lon votes for no­body

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

CLOSE TO 6 mil­lion vot­ers pressed the none-of-the-above (NOTA) but­ton in the re­cent gen­eral elec­tions. This is the first gen­eral elec­tion where this op­tion was avail­able to the vot­ers. The high­est num­ber of NOTA votes were cast in Ut­tar Pradesh (590,000), fol­lowed by Gu­jarat (430,000). Ac­cord­ing to a study done by The Hindu group of pub­li­ca­tions on NOTA, on an aver­age about 10,000 NOTA votes were cast in each con­stituency.

The re­port also says twice as many NOTA votes were cast in Sched­uled Tribe con­stituen­cies as in gen­eral con­stituen­cies.

NABRINA SINGH

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