'None of the Above' introduced for assembly polls

New Delhi, Oct 4 (IANS) For the first time, voters in the five states going to polls in November-December will be able to reject all candidates by pressing "None of the Above" (NOTA) option.

Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said Friday that the electronic voting machines will have a slot for NOTA.

"On the balloting unit, below the name of the last candidate, there will now be a button for NOTA so that electors who do not want to vote for any of the candidates can exercise their option by pressing the button against NOTA," he told the media.

The NOTA option has been included following a Supreme Court ruling Sep 27.

"The commission is taking steps to bring this to the knowledge of voters and all other stakeholders," Sampath said.

Assembly elections will take place in Delhi, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram in November-December.

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