24 go for 49-O optionMay 8th, 2009 | By Elections2009 | Category: Poll Pourri
Two dozen voters in a Punjab village did not cast their votes for any candidate on Thursday. They visited polling booths and expressed their disapproval by exercising their right not to vote, election officials said. All these voters belonged to Duhi village near Nabha town, around 50 km from here, in Patiala constituency that saw an estimated 65 per cent turnout. “Twenty-four voters of the same village near Nabha have utilised their right of not to vote through Sect ion 49-O,” said Kusumjit Sidhu, Chief Electoral Officer of Punjab. According to the provision 49-O in the Conduct of Elections Act, 1969, on election day a voter can go to the polling booth and after confirming his/her identity and getting a finger marked, he/she needs to tell the presiding election officer about the wish not to vote.