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Over 7 Lakh Voters In Bihar Chose The ‘NOTA’ Option, Says Election Commission

Over 7 Lakh Voters In Bihar Chose The 'NOTA' Option: Election Commission

Bihar Polls: Over 7 lakh voters in Bihar used the ‘not one of the above’ opition, mentioned the ballot physique


A bit of over seven lakh voters in Bihar used the ‘not one of the above’ or NOTA choice within the meeting elections, based on the Election Commission.

Nitish Kumar-led NDA was again in energy in Bihar on Wednesday with a slender majority.

The ruling coalition received 125 seats within the 243-member state meeting in opposition to 110 clinched by the opposition Grand Alliance to pave the way in which for a fourth successive time period for Nitish Kumar in workplace.

According to figures launched by the Election Commission, 7,06,252 folks or 1.7 per cent of the voters opted for the choice whereby they most well-liked to not vote for any candidate whereas exercising their democratic proper.

Over four crore votes had been polled within the three-phase elections. Out of practically 7.three crore voters, 57.09 per cent had solid votes within the polls.

The ‘NOTA’ choice on digital voting machines, launched in 2013, has its personal image – a poll paper with a black cross throughout it.

After the Supreme Court order in September, 2013, the EC added the NOTA button on the EVMs because the final choice on the voting panel.


Prior to the Supreme Court order, these not inclined to vote for any candidate had the choice of filling, what’s popularly known as, ‘kind 49-O’.

But filling the shape on the polling station underneath Rule 49-O of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, compromised the secrecy of the voter.

The Supreme Court had, nevertheless, refused to direct the EC to carry contemporary polls if nearly all of the voters workout routines the NOTA choice whereas voting.

There had been a number of seats in Bihar the place NOTA choice acquired extra votes than the successful margin of candidates.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is printed from a syndicated feed.)

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