Plea demands Fresh Elections if most votes cast for NOTA; SC sends notice to Centre
The petition has been filed in the Supreme Court by BJP leader and advocate Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay. It has also been requested in the petition that the candidates for the canceled elections should not be allowed to participate in the new elections.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the Central Government and the Election Commission on the PIL, requesting it to direct the Election Commission that if 'NOTA' gets the maximum number of votes in a constituency. Then results should be canceled and fresh elections conducted. In four weeks, a bench headed by CJI SA Bobde has summoned the reply from the government and the commission.
Supreme Court Notice to Centre:
This petition has been filed by BJP leader and advocate Ashwani Kumar Upadhyay. It has also been requested in the petition that the candidates for the canceled elections should not be allowed to participate in the new elections.
The petition states that the court can declare that if the 'None of the Above' option (NOTA) gets the most votes, the election to that constituency will be canceled and renewed within six months. Elections will be held. Apart from this, the candidates of the canceled elections should not be allowed to participate in the new elections.
Political parties come with undemocratic manner, reads Petition
The petition also states that many times political parties choose candidates in an undemocratic manner without consulting the voters, so many times the people of the constituency are completely dissatisfied with the candidates presented.
If NOTA gets the most votes then the solution to this problem can be organized by holding new elections. Nota getting the most votes means that the voter is not satisfied with the candidates.
However, the CJI also questioned this demand. He said that if this demand is accepted, in such a situation no representation will be available on those seats. How will the house work in such a situation? The petition was filed by Ashwini Upadhyay.
Senior Advocate Maneka Guruswamy appeared for the plea. It was also demanded in the petition that in case of maximum voting in favor of NOTA, there should be a fresh election on that seat, as well as those who were not allowed to contest again. There were candidates in the election.