The Supreme Court of India, headed by Chief Justice of India Sri. P. Sathasivam directed the Election Commission to provide a button on voting machines to allow voters to reject all candidates contesting an election in a constituency, If the Voter decided to cast NEGATIVE VOTE.
This Order is hailed as one of the LANDMARK Judgments of this Century, thus the apex court has recognised the RIGHTS OF THE CITIZENS and gave them an opportunity `the right to negative vote`. The apex court had been hearing the case for the last nine years after the People’s Union for Civil Liberties decided to seek legal recourse and filed the case in 2004. The court upheld the argument of petitioner, the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, an NGO, that a voter has the right to record disapproval of all candidates listed.
While delivering “THE LANDMARK” verdict the Supreme Court said that this move will go a long way in cleansing the political system of the country. According to the Supreme court order negative voting will foster purity and vibrancy in elections as at the end of the list of candidates in electronic voting machines (EVMs) and ballot papers, the electorate will have the option of “none of the above” which will give them an option to reject all those contesting polls.