For the first time the Election Commission has included 'None of the above' (NOTA) option in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) as per the orders of Supreme Court on September 27. But Supreme Court is reluctant to give instructions to EC to go for re-polls if the NOTA crosses 50% of the voters franchised their vote.
A PIL was filed by a person called Jagannath to direct EC not to declare the results in case NOTA is found as an option from majority of the voters.
Responding on it the Supreme Court bench headed by the Chief Justice P Sathasivan said that it is too early to pass such a direction to EC. As the feature of NOTA is introduced recently, the people’s response has to be seen before passing such a direction to EC as Supreme Court observes.
The idea of NOTA is to compel the political parties to give tickets to those people who are known for their integrity. Voters that way will be empowered. But as the new system has to be got acquaintance by the people, the Supreme Court has come to the decision that a legislature has to be passed to that effect.