It's voting time and there has been a particular mail being bombarded/forwarded to me since past two-three months. The mail says this: as per the 1969 act, in section " 49-O" a person can go to the polling booth, Confirm their identity, get their finger marked and convey the presiding election officer that they do not wish to vote anyone!
The mail further states that: if a candidate wins, say by 123 votes, and if that particular ward has received "49-O" votes more than 123, then that polling will be canceled and will have to be re-polled. Also the candidature of the contestants will be removed and they cannot contest the re-polling, since people have already given out their verdict.
At first this sounded cool to me. I was determined to do this. But then I was told that the section 49-O has been widely misinterpreted by someone. The real utility of Section 49-O has been stated in this website. Check it out:
However, it would be better to personally ask your presiding officer if such a rule exists. I asked a lady who belongs to a particular party. I was not surprised when she admitted that she was ignorant about it.
If any of you are voting, please do re-confirm with somebody about this. Thanks!