Rule 49 (O) Update May 12, 2006Posted by scan man in Life in India, News, Politics.
The Tamil Nadu State election results were declared yesterday. The people have voted for a regime change. So we'll have a new chief minister in a few days.
I had entertained the possibility of opting not to vote for any of the contestants in my constituency. I was not too sure if I would be allowed to do that. The existence of such a provision in the Election Rules has only been talked about in websites and blogs among what the Indian media quaintly calls the 'chatteratti'. I did not think that it had percolated down to the lower bureaucracy. So I chose the lesser evils and voted for the non-communist candidate.
My skepticism re. the lower bureaucracy was proved true by news reports of people being refused to entertain their privilege not to vote by opting for Rule 49 (O).
We really do need electoral reforms.
Update: The guy I voted for won with a margin of just 14 votes (total votes polled 240,267).