Bengaluru: Young voters say ‘none of the above’

The NOTA option turned out to be a popular one among youngsters in all the 26 constituencies in the city where polling was held on Saturday.

Published: 13th May 2018 05:38 AM  |   Last Updated: 13th May 2018 05:38 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

BENGALURU: With the NOTA (None Of The Above) option rolling out in September 2013, this is the first assembly election in Karnataka with the option. The option turned out to be a popular one among youngsters in all the 26 constituencies in the city where polling was held on Saturday.

Most of the voters in the age group of 19-25 — with many exercising their franchise for the first time — told The New Indian Express that after a study of the candidates from the three main parties they found them "unsuitable and unworthy." They either had criminal background or were from the real estate lobby and were contesting for money power. 

Voting for the first time in Chikpet constituency, 19-year-old Preet Jasraj (name changed) said, "Although I felt nice voting for the first time, I opted for NOTA. I did not want to vote for the corrupt or those with criminal background. I wanted to send out a message that none of the candidates are worthy of my precious vote. There was no pressure from my parents to vote for any particular party or candidate. I am old enough to make my own decisions."

On the other hand, Sahana Prasad, an engineering student in Bengaluru South constituency, said she discussed with her father about the candidates, but was not convinced with his argument about voting for a particular party. 

Another voter, Satish Rao (54) said he too had chosen NOTA in the same seat.   Professor Trilochan Sastry, founder member, National Election Watch, Association of Electoral Reforms (ADR) said, "This is a good sign that young voters are exercising this option which shows their awareness levels while it may take some more time for political parties to make amends and nominate good, worthy candidates."
NOTA option was exercised in Karnataka during the 2014 General Elections and 2.57 lakh people 
used it. 



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  • mani

    Due to this
    4 years ago reply
  • gopalakrishnan

    it is a good decision to have nota. true politicions come to make money .they think they can buy people from giving money and freebies and recover within 2years. These political parties are interested to divide the public on caste ,religion and languge. No body has got intrest to develop the state or the country.Let us throw the new parties on road as they form the parties only to make money. Gopalakrishnan LP.
    4 years ago reply
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