1.1 percent voters opt for NOTA in Bengal

Kolkata: Only 1.1 percent voters opted for the newly introduced 'None of the Above Option' in the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, results for which were declared on Friday.

A total of 5,67,943 voters i.E. 1.1 per cent, opted for the NOTA option in West Bengal, EC office sources said.

Out of total electorate of 6,27,40,474 the voter turnout was 51,575,603. The Supreme Court had given the path-breaking verdict in September last year, holding that voters have a Right to Reject all candidates contesting polls in a constituency by exercising the NOTA option.

Following the court order, the Election Commission had introduced the option first time in the poll-bound states of Mizoram, Delhi, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh last year.

However, the apex court had refused to direct the Election Commission to hold fresh polls in case the majority of the electorate exercises NOTA.

PTI
First Published: Friday, May 16, 2014, 22:35
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