Our Right to Vote

voteIndia-Known as the World’s Largest Democracy,Democratic because we have an elected Government-elected by the People of India,but do we really have an elected government?

If I were to say then in my view it would be selected government and the reason for this is that most of us does not even bother to Vote especially the we ‘the educated ones’ whereas the illiterate ones who does not have much knowledge on voting are easily lured by the Politicians using different schemes they come up with before Election.

Few days ago Karnataka Elections were held and Bangalore being the largest city in Karnataka had a turnout of just 52-53% in urban areas whereas the rural areas had a turnout of 75-80% and the scenario is almost same in all the metros and important cities in India where most of the literate people lives.

We should not simply let go our constitutional right to vote.Our vote has a value and we the citizen of India must take necessary step to make it count.Before election we must make some amount of background research like his/her character,his/her qualifications,views,assets,any criminal activity etc. on the candidates standing in election and I think it is not difficult in this technology driven modern era.This is one such website that provides information on each candidate of your constituency/ward and email you the candidate details accordingly.

By this means we can cast our vote rightly and if even after all these we don’t find any suitable candidate then Election Commission of India has also provided provision of casting our vote in no one’s favor and this is known as Null Voting or Rule 49-O.


Rule 49-O refers to elector who decide not to record his vote after going through all rules of casting a vote.The main advantage of this rule is that if suppose a candidate from a ward win by 200 votes and if the number of ‘Rule 49-O‘ votes is more than the candidates 200 votes then the polling in that particular ward is cancelled and re-polling is done and the candidature of the contestants will also be removed and they won’t be able to contest in re-polling.

So,people especially urban people,if we are aware of various rules and rights,slowly and steadily changes will be there which will be visible and we will have an India on the roads of development.

So,Next time when the Election comes do not stay behind,just go and show your power and right to vote for a better India.

5 thoughts on “Our Right to Vote

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  2. Good that you are also in the awareness campaign…Great, keep it up.. However, I thought I should mention more on Article 49-0:

    As per Rule 49-0:

    “Elector deciding not to vote.-If an elector, after his electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters in Form-17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49L, decided not to record his vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark”.

    However, with the current election process, it is ineffective. This is because –

    “In the present election system, Ballot papers or the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) are in use. They contain only the list of candidates. Hence, a voter cannot record his vote under Section 49-O directly through EVM or Ballot paper. Therefore, voter must inform the presiding officer at the election booth. This violates the secrecy of the ballot”.

    Note that, at present, in an election, a winner will be declared irrespective of the number of ‘non-votes’. So, 49-0 has no meaning in its current form…

    Pl refer http://aamjunta.wordpress.com/2013/05/04/election-in-karnataka-a-semi-final-or-practice-match-before-the-next-general-election/ for more detail.

    Jai Hind

    • Thanks for sharing your views…I appreciate your comments and your comments helped to put up more light on this post and will certainly make us more aware.

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