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Six lakh voters in State preferred NOTA Sunday, 18 May 2014 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar
Six lakh voters in State preferred NOTA
Sunday, 18 May 2014 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar
After introduction of ‘Non of The Above’ (NOTA) option in the EVM by the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the first time to attract more voters, more than six lakh people used for the option in the Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in Odisha, which is higher in number than the votes of 10 parties.
In the Lok Sabha polls, 1.5 per cent (3, 32,780) voters opted for NOTA option, while 1.3 per cent (2, 71, 336) voters preferred to punch the button in the State Assembly elections.
According to the ECI sources, Nabarangpur Lok Sabha seat witnessed the country’s second highest NOTA votes (44,408) after Tamil Nadu’s Nilgiris Lok Sabha seat (46,559). In Odisha, other Lok Sabha seats like Koraput (33.232), Keonjhar (26,065), Mayurbhanj (23,517), Balangir (21,043) and Kalahandi witnessed 20,880 NOTA votes. Interestingly, NOTA votes