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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Article 49-0 of the Constitution - About Election Boycott

Did you know that there is a system in our constitution, as per the 1969 act, in section "49-O" that a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his identity, get his finger marked and convey the presiding election officer that he doesn't want to vote for anyone!

Yes such a feature is available, but obviously these seemingly notorious leaders have never disclosed it. This is called "49-O".

Why should you go and say "I VOTE NOBODY"... because, in a ward, if a candidate wins, say by 123 votes, and that particular ward has received "49-O" votes more than 123, then that polling will be cancelled and will have to be re-polled .

Not only that, but the candidature of the contestants will be removed and they cannot contest the re-polling, since people had already expressed their decision on them .

This would bring fear into parties and hence look for genuine candidates for their parties for election. This would change the way, of our whole political system... it is seemingly surprising why the election commission has not revealed such a feature to the public....

Please spread this news to as many as you know... Seems to be a wonderful weapon against corrupt parties in India ... show your power,expressing your desire not to vote for anybody, is even more powerful than voting... so don't miss your chance. So either vote, or vote not to vote (vote 49-O) and pass this info on...

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Brilliant! I really hope this is true... is there a way to verify this somehow?

Anonymous said...

Although i am not a legal expert... but if you read it carefully then there is a sentence in last paragraph "Seems to be a
wonderful weapon against corrupt parties in India ". I think this post is for India... Isn't it?

junyDada said...

yeah, it would be a lot better if someone could look it up in the constitution of pakistan, and send a reference link!!

Talha Zubair said...

This is for India. we are not lucky enough to have this kind of oportunity.

49 O is the right by which, a person can decline to vote for any candidates that represent his locality.This is by far, one of the most extreme of all democratic rights.
This option is available in India, and is granted based on The Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/49-O

Haris said...

you can download constitution in pdf format from http://www.na.gov.pk/publication.htm. I don't find anything related to 49-O in there.

Ali Ahsan said...

I believe, you should remove this post from the blog as it is not relevant to Pakistan. However, we shall collect gems like this in case we come to power and have authority to improve things.

Mansoor said...

I too think that its for India as I also didn't find anything related to 49-O in the constitution of Pakistan.