Days after anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare announced his next campaign would be to get “the right to recall and reject”, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has reacted in favour.
Chief Election Commissioner S.Y. Quraishi, on Monday, said that a proposal to introduce the option of “none of the above” on electronic voting machines (EVMs) was already pending with the government.
“It is one of our reform proposals pending with the government. We want that a button should be added to the EVMs, a 16th button, for none of the above so that you press the button and say that you disagree with all the options. So that reform proposal is pending and hopefully it will come through very soon,” Quraishi said.
Hazare had ended his 13-day fast, seeking a strong Lokpal, at Ramlila Maidan on August 29 declaring that it was “a half victory” after the government accepted his demands. He had also announced that his next campaign would be to secure the “right to recall and reject”.