India's top court allows voters to reject all candidates
NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's Supreme Court recognised on Friday the right of voters to reject all candidates contesting in polls in what is seen as a key reform ahead of elections next year.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam asked the national election commission to make changes in voting machines and ballot papers, giving voters a "none of the above" choice.
"Democracy is all about choices and voters will be empowered by this right of negative voting," Sathasivam said, reading out from the judgement.
"Negative voting will send a clear signal to political parties and candidates as to what the voters think about them." Up to now voters in the country did not have a choice to reject candidates despite a clamour from activists to include such a provision.