So that 49-O mail was hoax? Yes certainly right.
want to find the truth see
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.
Yet the link
www.eci.gov.in/press/current/pn051208.pdf from election commission is not reached although you can choose view as html
the following text appears
ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA
Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001No.ECI/PN/35/2008 Dated: 5 th December, 2008
Subject: Rule 49 O of the Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961- exercise of option by the voters – Impact on the election result.
It has been brought to the notice of the Commission that various misleading reports are being circulated though the Press, the electronic media, emails and through SMS to the effect that if the number of voters who choose to exercise their option not to vote for any contesting candidate as provided in Rule 49-O of Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, exceeds the margin of votes secured by the winning candidate over the runner up, this will invalidate the election and a repoll will be held. It is clarified that under Rule 49-O, the voter has an potion not to vote at the election after he has been identified at the polling station and his name has been registered in Registers of voters (Form -17A). The Presiding Officer shall thereupon make a note to that
effect against the name of that voter and obtain his signature (thumb impression in the case of an illiterate ). In such case, the voters who exercise the option of not voting at the election under Rule 49-O would only be deemed to have abstained themselves from voting and under the law, the candidate who secures highest number of valid votes polled, irrespective of his winning margin, is declared elected.
(S. K. RUDOLA)
But if you really love the content of the Hoax!!
I mean if you want that such a rule should be there then http://www.49-o.info/
gives you better feeling, it reads as...
For all of you who liked the e-mail HOAX better, read on …
The Election commission, since 2001, has submitted two proposals requesting that a separate option to this effect be provided in the electronic voting portal itself. Nothing’s moved so far! But our point is, if it can get that simple and we do have a sizable number of people using the option, can’t we file a petition requesting an amendment be made to Rule 49-O? So this time just not forward the message but please visit and read carefully