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Monday, January 15, 2007

Important Information for every citizen

Received the following in my mailbox tonight. Thought I should share it with everybody:

"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 andconvey the presiding election officer that he doesn't want to vote 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, thenthat polling will be cancelled and will have 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 they will have to 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 media and election commission has not revealed such a feature to the public.... please spread this news to as many asyou know... Seems to be a wonderful weapon against corrupt parties in India... show your power, expressing your desire not to voteanybody, 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... "

4 comments:

Superstar said...

I did a quick google search after reading this email and here are a few useful links I found:

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2004/05/05/stories/2004050500201000.htm

http://archive.eci.gov.in/manuals/part5/stat2z_2.htm

"CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS RULES, 1961

49-O. 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."

This is what I found about rule 49-O on the net. It is open to interpretation but the interpretation cannot be as drastic as the one given in the above circulated email, to my mind. The above rule says nothing about a re-polling as mentioned in the circulated email. But, the email does give hope that in future we may have an amendment like this if there are enough takers for it. We certainly can start thinking on those lines. It seems logical to me that in a democracy, a voter should have a right to reject ALL the candidates if he/she finds that they are not up to the mark. If all the candidates are rejected, a new list of candidates should be prepared and re-polling done. I find nothing wrong with the idea, as such.

Cheers!
Superstar

PS: Here is the link to the Official Constitution of India:
http://indiacode.nic.in/coiweb/welcome.html

NITIN said...

a must read for every citizen to end corruption...very good find...thanks again and contibue your work..... you wrtings are very informative...

thumbs up to you as You are Star really

Superstar Fan said...

There was a one hour interview on CNBC with Warren Buffet, the second
richest man who has donated $31 billion to charity.
Here are some very interesting aspects of his life:

1) He bought his first share at age 11 and he now regrets that he
started too late !
2) ! He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering
newspapers.
3) He still lives in the same small 3 bedroom house in mid-town
Omaha, that he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he
has everything he needs in that house. His house does not have a wall or
a fence.
4) He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or
security people around him.
5) He never travels by private jet, although he owns the world's
largest private jet company.
6) His company, Berkshire Hathaway, owns 63 companies. He writes
only
one letter each year to the CEOs of these companies, giving them goals
for the year. He never holds meetings or calls them on a regular basis.
7) He has given his CEO's only two rules. Rule number 1: do not
lose
any of your share holder's money. Rule number 2: Do not forget rule
number 1.
8) He does not socialize with the high society crowd. His past!
time
after he gets home is to make himself some pop corn and watch
television.
9) Bill Gates, the world's richest man met him for the first time
only 5 years ago. Bill Gates did not think he had anything in common
with Warren Buffet. So he had scheduled his meeting only for half hour.
But when Gates met him, the meeting lasted for ten hours and Bill Gates
became a devotee of Warren Buffet.
10) Warren Buffet does not carry a cell phone, nor has a computer on
his
desk.
11) His advice to young people: Stay away from credit cards and invest
in
yourself.


Amazing individual indeed.
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Superstar said...

Wow! That made a great reading, Pankaj. Thank you for posting these nuggets about Warren Buffet. I would agree with most of what he says, and specially with point no. 11 which advises you to stay away from credit cards. He is dead right on that one. Credit Cards are the biggest scam those companies are pulling on us. Cheers!