What if ‘NOTA’ gets more votes than the candidates ?

The Supreme Court issues a notice to the Election Commission of India

(NOTA – None of the above options can be chosen if one does not want to vote for any candidate in that constituency)

New Delhi – The second phase of voting for the Lok Sabha elections was held on 26th April. A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court demanding that if the highest number of votes in a constituency is under NOTA, then the election in that constituency should be annulled. The petition has also demanded that candidates polling less than NOTA should be barred from contesting all elections for 5 years. The court has issued a notice to the Election Commission of India and directed it to respond.

A similar petition was entered in the year 2021 as well. NOTA was first used in the year 2013. The NOTA was used during polling in Chhattisgarh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.