Hyderabad, May 17 UNI | 3 months ago

Over 50,000 voters opted for 'None of the Above' (NOTA) option provided for the first time on electronic voting machine (EVM) during the April 30 polling in Greater Hyderabad of Telangana region.

Nearly 25,000 pressed the NOTA button while voting for their Lok Sabha candidate, while another 25,000 used the option in the Assembly elections.

Among the Lok Sabha constituencies in Greater Hyderabad, the highest number of voters who opted for NOTA was 9,200 in Chevella, while it was around 7,500 in Malkajgiri, where highest number of voter density in the country, 3,000 in Secunderabad and 5,000 in Hyderabad.

As far as the Assembly segments are concerned, 2,049 opted for NOTA in the Serlingampally constituency, which has a large presence of IT employees and migrants from different parts of the country, followed by Secunderabad cantonment (1843 NOTA votes) and L B Nagar, according to election authorities.

The NOTA option, which is the last button on EVM, was provided to voters who do not wish to vote for any candidate.

Nearly 1,500 voters utilised the option in the Assembly segments like Khairatabad, Malkajgiri, around 1100 in Kukatpally, Musheerabad, Qutubullapur, Uppal, Sanatnagar, Jubilee Hills and Goshamahal segments and nearly 1000 in Secunderabad voted for NOTA.

Interestingly, even in Assembly constituencies of the Old City, voters utilised the NOTA. Over 900 voters in Charminar and 500 in Chandrayangutta and Karwan opted for it.

Election authorities said the number of electors opting for NOTA was negligible, compared to the total number of votes polled.

(Posted on 17-05-2014)