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Regarding 49 O

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The Chief Electoral Officer for Delhi, Arvind Ray, has instructed the Returning Officers that the Polling Officers should be directed to provide assistance or guidance to those electors who do not want to record their votes in favour of any candidates. "This is permitted under Rule 49 O of the conduct of Election Rules-1961," the direction said.

Hi All,

Please take some time to read this entire mail. You will definitely feel
its worth.

Hope some of you have already got this mail and got to know about the 49'O

It says :

"In a particular constituency, if a voter has dislike to all of the
candidates competing there,

Then he can show his dislike to all of them by registering for 49'O.

Steps for doing this :
1. while registering the name by the time of voting, convey the
booth officials that "I want to go for 49'O".
2. Register your signature in the 49'O form available there.


Now, if the number of 49'O count is larger than that of the winning
candidates total vote count, then a re-election is called there.

More than all, the shameful fact is,

This 49'O is available ever since 1960, but it is in no way conveyed to the

Neither the government communicate this, nor did the election commission.

As long as the people are unaware of this one, the political parties are
enjoying by winning the election and ditching our country.

To stop this disaster to continue further, we don't need to take a sword
and fight against the government.

Just help every citizen to know that they have such a powerful weapon which
can be used for ensuring their welfare.

None of the media will be ready to publish this 49'O.

Let us do this by ourselves.

Communicate this information with all your family, friends, neighbors as
much as you can and let them know their right.

Please send this mail to everyone you know and request them to spread it
across to everyone.

Convey this information to as many people you know.

Not only, we get a satisfaction that we have done a good service for our
country's welfare.

This is very well equal to what our patriots have done for the independence
of our country.

Very less time left before the next election drama.

Before that lets make sure that everyone speaks about this word "49'O".
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Rambo Prasad, while you were busy in political matter, a script on BSE went 10,000 Rs from 50 Rs on the same day.

Better you concentrate on Stock Market � it is very difficult to change political scenarios in India.
[ May 05, 2006: Message edited by: Chetan Parekh ]
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So I just ask for one at the polling booth?
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The mother of all Urban Legends.

49O only provides for the following scenario:

Step 1: An elector walks into a polling booth and signs his attendence against Form 17A (The Register of voters).

Step 2: The elector now decides that he would not like to cast a vote (for whatsoever reason). Rule 49O states that the elector can refuse to vote. The Electoral Officer will note this against the elector's name in Form 17A.

That is it. It has no bearing on the results of the election. It is exactly the same as if the elector had not exercised his vote.

I gather this is based on the THE CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS RULES, 1961

From (The Election Commissions of India's Manual of Election Law)

"49O. 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."

And 49L reads:

"49L. Procedure for voting by voting machines.-(1) Before permitting an elector to vote, the polling officer shall�

(a) record the electoral roll number of the elector as entered in the marked copy of the electoral roll in a register of voters in Form 17A.
(b) obtain the signature or the thumb impression of the elector on the said register of votes; and
(c) mark the name of the elector in the marked copy of the electoral roll to indicate that he has been allowed to vote.

Provided that no elector shall be allowed to vote unless he has his signature or thumb impression on the register of voters.

(2) Notwithstanding anything contained in sub-rule (2) of rule 2, it shall be necessary for any presiding officer or polling officer or any other officer to attest the thumb impression of the elector on the register of voters."
[ May 05, 2006: Message edited by: Bhoooooo Yyempeti ]
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