The concept of NOTA in elections is useless
- Published 30.04.19, 11:50 AM
- Updated 30.04.19, 11:50 AM
- a min read
No legal sanction
I strongly feel that the concept is useless unless rules are framed that if NOTA gets a majority, the election held in that particular constituency should be declared null and void. A second round of elections should then be conducted with fresh candidates. Otherwise, it only implies one is not an absentee in the voting booth, his dissatisfaction with the political parties does not get any legal sanction unless rules are made of its effectiveness.
Shri Shikshayatan College, Calcutta
Wasting a vote
Opting for NOTA gives nothing but the satisfaction of upholding our personal opinion. It has no effect on the setting up of the government and, thus, is a waste of valuable votes.
The Future Foundation School, Calcutta
Take a stand
I think the provision of NOTA should be done away with in the best interests of the country. The thought of wasting one’s vote by opting for NOTA defies all logic. Our fellow citizens will then be forced to take a stand. The numerous votes (now wasted on NOTA) will also make the voters’ thought process clear.
Harimohan Ghose College, Calcutta
NOTA is valuable because it makes the government aware of the level of dissatisfaction with the available candidates. The government gains its legitimacy from people’s support so disapproval ratings are equally important in a democracy.
Techno India Salt Lake, Calcutta
Lack of trust
The number of votes for NOTA indicates the percentage of people who are either dissatisfied with all the contestants or lack trust in the election process.
South Point High School, Calcutta
The very concept of NOTA reveals the harsh reality that the masses do not have faith in the ability of any of the nominated candidates. If the honest mass keeps on voting NOTA, it will definitely expose the flaws that our leaders have but enjoy at the cost of democracy.
WWA Cossipore English School, Calcutta