India polls: Choosing none of the above

Nathan, Hippu Salk Kristle (2014) India polls: Choosing none of the above. Al Jazeera, 5 April 2014.

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Abstract: Electoral process is an instrument of representative democracy. It is the process in which people vote to choose a leader. The NOTA option, in its present form, clearly does not contribute towards this. While recommending the NOTA, the Honorable Supreme Court had identified three possible advantages - empowerment of voter (because of the additional choice), increase of voter turnout, and incentive for political parties to project clean candidates. But the simple provision of the NOTA option is unlikely to achieve any of these goals. NOTA votes, though counted for the sake of records, are considered 'invalid'. Hence, it is unlikely that a significant number of voters will opt for NOTA and it will remain a futile statistical exercise. India needs substantial, not symbolic, politico-electoral reforms, such as the Proportional Representation System of Election, which would indeed achieve what the apex court has so optimistically hoped to achieve through NOTA.
Item Type: In the Media
Subjects: School of Natural and Engineering Sciences > Energy
Divisions: Schools > Natural Sciences and Engineering
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2016 06:45
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