Monday, April 6, 2009

49 - 0, Indian Constitution

A: I will not Vote...
B: Why??
A: No one deserves to be voted, so I will not Vote..

It's quite a common reason of the Youth today for not voting...
They don't want to vote, because they don't think any of the candidate don't deserve their worthy vote.

But not to worry friends,
Our constitution provides us with a solution to this.

It's 49 - 0.
You go to voting office.
Do all the formalities, and then say to the election officer present their that you don't want to vote for any of the candidate.
So your vote would be registered and you can proudly say ' I VOTED'.
And even you have stood upon your principles for not voting for an undeserving person.

Now, such a novel concept.
Such a nice provision in our constitution, but no political party advertise this.

Because they worry, they would not get our vote or worse, their candidate would get black listed..
But HOW??

Let me tell you..

Suppose, highest number of votes for a candidate at a constituency are 100, and that constituency gets more than 100, 49 - 0, votes then, that constituency would have a re-election and all the candidates who contested first time would be black-listed, that is they would not be allowed ever again to fill for the election again...

Thus forcing the political parties to search for worthy candidates...

So guys, for the LOK SABHA elections 2009, Go and VOTE..
And if you don't consider any worthy candidate then exercise your vote to 49-0.

B: This time, no one deserves to be voted, then why are you voting ??
A: Though no one deserves my vote, I would vote 49-0, vote for my country, for a better future, for a better


  1. I dont think this is true...have u confirmed it with any one...

  2. Till my best knowlegse it is true..

    And it come to being in existence in 1961.
    And according to the act

    49-O. Elector deciding not to vote.-If an elector, after his electoral roll number has been duly entered in the register of voters in Form-17A and has put his signature or thumb impression thereon as required under sub-rule (1) of rule 49L, decided not to record his vote, a remark to this effect shall be made against the said entry in Form 17A by the presiding officer and the signature or thumb impression of the elector shall be obtained against such remark.

    And if there is any correction in it,
    I would be grateful to you,
    if you bring it into my notice.

  3. Dear Sir,
    why a system like this . this reveals our identity to the Officer that we have said tht all the candidates are unworthy .This could later put me in trouble . why cant they just have a "none of the above" option.

  4. Hey..
    first of all..
    If we all (By all, i mean Every INDIAN above 18)..
    We decide to vote for the person who is worthy..

    it would not be one or two 49-0, votes but many.
    And the Officer would not be able to do anything.

    And apart from that even, if we are the only one, then what officer can do actually..??
    Or what will he do?

    He does not represent any political party..
    Or is not favoring anyone.
    He is neutral.

    So, don't be scared.
    Our constitution has provided us with it, and we can exercise this freely..

  5. Saurabh,

    A lot of thanks man. I am wondering whether there is such an option in our constitution. And I came to know from here.

    Definitely mine is 49-O. And I will encourage my frequency minded friends to do the same for a better mother INDIA.

    Thanks a lot once again man..............

  6. That's the way to go DINESH...

    Our country needs us,
    and its the least we can do for it..

  7. Sir, Thank you for the knowledge.

    - Rakhsita



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