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Half a percent of Delhi voters opted for NOTA


New Delhi: The 2014 Lok Sabha election results revealed that close to 40,000 voters in the national capital opted for the NOTA (None of the Above) option.

The polls made the BJP the first non-Congress party since independence to win a comfortable majority on its own in the 545-member Lok Sabha.

However, the number of voters in Delhi who opted for the NOTA option stood at 39,690 or 0.5 percent of the total turnout that was less compared to the figure recorded during the state assembly election held in Dec 2012.

During the assembly election, 49,884 voters chose the NOTA option, which was 0.63 percent of the total turnout.

“Such high number of voters opting for the NOTA option reflects the negativity and averseness people have towards the political system. However, it is appreciable that at least 99 percent of the citizens still have faith that problems can be solved by voting for a better candidate,” a senior official of the poll panel told IANS.

Out of the seven seats here, Northwest Delhi constituency recorded the highest number of NOTA votes at 8,826, while the lowest was 3,824 recorded at Northeast Delhi constituency.

The Election Commission had introduced the NOTA option on the electronic voting machines (EVMs) for those voters who did not wish to cast their ballot for any of the candidates in poll fray, during the 2012 Assembly Elections.

Overall, 5.9 million voters or 1.1 percent of the total number of electorate in the country, chose the NOTA option which was introduced for the first time during the Lok Sabha poll.

Uttar Pradesh polled the highest number of NOTA votes – 5.92 lakh.

Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiri constituency, with 46,559 NOTA votes, was the constituency with the highest number of such votes.