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NOTA: The New Provision

Most observers have acknowledged that the Supreme Court has passed two landmark judgments that pave the way for major electoral reforms in Indian sociopolitical system. The first is the judgement which upholds forfeiture of membership of Legislative Assembly or of Parliament if convicted by a court of law for two years and more, and the second is the order to the Election Commission to make provisions for the option of “none of the above” (NOTA)in the ballot paper or electronic voting machines.

These surely are historic judgments. But they have profound theoretical and practical implications in social choice and voting procedure. While the first one will help to give the country a good, clean, corruption-free and transparent governance, the second one will give the voter greater flexibility and freedom for the expression of his/her preferences. NOTA is likely to remove the restrictions on individual preferences by expanding choice one bold step further through the aggregation procedure. The new dispensation will ensure more wise and rational choice of deserving candidates and people’s representatives by majority decisions.

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