Supreme Court seeks centre, EC views on plea for nullifying election if NOTA gets more votes

by Akankshya Mahapatra
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If Nota gets more votes in any election, why there is not re-election? The Supreme Court has questioned the central government and the Election Commission during the Edge public interest litigation. Advocate Ashwin Upadhyay filed an application in this regard. The petition called for a re-run of the by-elections.

After hearing the appeal on Monday, the Supreme Court sought a response from the central government and the Election Commission. The court asked the two sides to file their answers within the next four weeks. Menaka Guruswami, a senior advocate representing Upadhyay, said the nota meant voters had the right to reject candidates.

However, if Nota gets more votes than any candidate, he should be re-elected. The bench, headed by Chief Justice SA Bobade, questioned Guruswamy if the influence of any political party was too good on the voters and his candidature could not be rejected on the basis of notes. If many candidates are rejected, the electoral field will remain vacant. And how do you run parliament? In this regard, Advocate Menaka said, in this regard, the Election Commission has called for re-election in the area where the note gets the most votes.

In the Right to Rejection, political parties should have some fear that they will choose a candidate with a clear image on their side. The bench was not prepared to hear the appeal at first, but eventually the court asked the central government and the commission to respond.

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