June 7, 2007

Pathetic political leadership

What choice to we have instead?

It's election time once again, and there you are, discussing in groups... "Who do you think will win this elections?" All politicians are the same..." and the same common talk sipping tea... Undoubtedly, you'll see the same old faces of politicians splashed everywhere in the media, and should you come across a new one to vote for, you'd not know completely if this one's a good one or not.

There are messages by the election commission, encouraging every eligible citizen to go and caste their votes, and to make their decision. But, are people really that free to make their decision? Do we have the choice to actually not vote for anyone... cos, you might know how filthy are the acts of your local politicians, and how sincerely they do live up to their promises. Many for that matter, can even be called a disease for the community they exist in.

While I was thinking about this issue... It's a great coincidence have this mail in my Inbox today, which is given below, talking of exercising your complete choice--

Did you know that there is a system in our constitution, as per the 1969 act, in section "49-O" that a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his identity, get his finger marked and convey the presiding election officer that he doesn't want to vote anyone !!!!

Yes, such a feature is available, but obviously these seemingly notorious leaders have never disclosed it. This is called "49-O".

Why should you go and say "I VOTE NOBODY"... because, in a ward, if a candidate wins, say by 123 votes, and that particular ward has received "49-O" votes more than 123, then that polling will be cancelled and will have to be re-polled. Not only that, but the candidature of the contestants will be removed and they cannot contest the re-polling, since people had already expressed their decision on them.

This would bring fear into parties and hence look for genuine candidates for their parties for election. This would change the way, of our whole political system... it is seemingly surprising why, and election commission has not revealed such a feature to the public.... please spread this news to as many as you know... Seems to be a wonderful weapon against corrupt parties in India... show your power, expressing your desire not to vote anybody, is even more powerful than voting... so don't miss your chance. So either vote, or vote not to vote (vote 49-O) and pass this info on...

This is a forwarded e-mail, and I do not vouche for it's authenticity. More information is available on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/49-O. In case, this is not entirely true, you may drop in a mail or comment so that appropriate changes may be done.
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