SUBHASH CHANDRA AGRAWAL
Guinness Record Holder & RTI Activist
Elections for state-assembly of Delhi are going to be held on 07.02.2015. Union government and Election Commission can experiment ‘Right-To-Reject’ in Delhi which has a much smaller area compared to other larger states. ‘Right-To-Reject’ is not at all difficult to be implemented with option for ‘None-To-Vote’ (NOTA) already available on Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). NOTA is simply of theoretical value with no practical result on election-results. Even if NOTA gets maximum votes, then also candidate next to NOTA is declared elected. At times, voters are forced to select best out of the worst candidates in absence of ‘Right-To-Reject’. Most people who do not go to vote do so because they do not find any candidate fit for being voted. Implementing ‘Right-To-Reject’ will abolish need of ‘compulsory voting’ which was recently mooted by Gujarat government.
Election Commission’s formula making political parties compulsorily field at least 33-percent women candidates can also be experimented in Delhi. Also no candidate should be allowed to contest from more than one constituency. Rather a sitting Parliamentarian must resign before filing nomination for state-assembly.