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NOTA to Debut in Delhi Civic Polls on April 22; Kejriwal Wants Ballot Papers

Voters, for the first time, will be able to exercise the "None of the Above" (NOTA) option for candidates in the upcoming municipal elections in Delhi, State Election Commission said on Wednesday.

Press Trust Of India

Updated:March 15, 2017, 8:46 AM IST
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NOTA to Debut in Delhi Civic Polls on April 22; Kejriwal Wants Ballot Papers
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New Delhi: Voters, for the first time, will be able to exercise the "None of the Above" (NOTA) option for candidates in the upcoming municipal elections in Delhi, State Election Commission said on Wednesday.

The election to the three municipal corporations will be held on April 22, while counting will take place on April 25.

"There will now be a button for NOTA in EVMs so that voters who do not want to vote for any of the candidates can exercise their option by pressing the button against NOTA," State Election Commissioner S K Srivastava said while addressing a press conference in New Delhi.

He said this is the first time that NOTA option would be provided to voters in all three civic body polls. The total number of electorate for the civic polls stands at 1,32,10,206, which include 73,15,915 men, 58,93,418 women and 793 voters in the other category.

The announcement was made hours after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's directions to the Delhi Chief Secretary MM Kutty to write to the Election Commission, asking it to ensure that the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) election is held via a paper ballot instead of EVMs.

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| Edited by: Huma Tabassum
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