New Delhi: Congress MP Abhishek Manu
Singhvi today favoured providing voters an additional option
of rejecting candidates at the time of voting by choosing
"none of the above".
Observing that creative ways have to be found out to
address the "indifferent attitude" of the people to voting, he
said the "none of the above" option could be one way to
encourage voters to exercise their rights.
"This is a true correct democratic middle path," he
said at a function here.
Talking about laws in some South American countries where
voters are penalised for failing to cast their votes, he said,
"It is impracticable in India. This is not the way to
Voicing concern over the apathetic attitude among voters
in exercising their franchise, Senior Trinamool Congress
leader Saugata Roy sought to know why the "educated class" shy
away from voting.
"It is strange that the educated are apathetic to
voting," he said at the function which saw the launch of a
portal dedicated to Indian democracy and about the political
A report dealing with performance of MPs in Lok Sabha was
also released at the function. It has been compiled by a NGO
`Mass for Awareness`.