Friday, December 05, 2008

Email Forwards and 49-O

It has become a fashion since the Mumbai attacks to keep sending forwards, especially provocative forwards. And I don’t know what the rationale behind it is; probably it is perceived that if you are on internet and you don’t take part in any of these useless forwards then you don’t care enough.

I don’t have anything against forward, but I am against forwards which are not authentic and provocative, without any rationale whatsoever.

One of the most irritating forwards that I have received is regarding article 49-O, 

The email goes like this, and funnily I have these emails about two times every day and it goes like this.
Did you know that there is a system in our constitution, as per the
1969 act, in section
"49-O" that a person can go to the polling booth, confirm his
identity, get his finger
marked and convey the presiding election officer that he doesn't want
to vote anyone!

Yes such a feature is available, but obviously these seemingly
notorious leaders have
never disclosed it. This is called "49-O".

Why should you go and say "I VOTE NOBODY"... because, in a ward, if a
candidate wins,
say by 123 votes, and that particular ward has received "49-O" votes
more than 123, then
that polling will be cancelled and will have to be re-polled. Not only
that, but the
candidature of the contestants will be removed and they cannot contest
the re-polling,
since people had already expressed their decision on them. This would
bring fear into
parties and hence look for genuine candidates for their parties for
election. This would
change the way, of our whole political system... it is seemingly
surprising why the
election commission has not revealed such a feature to the public....

this is a wonderful weapon against corrupt parties in India... show
your power,
expressing your desire not to vote for anybody, is even more powerful
than voting... so
don't miss your chance. So either vote, or vote not to vote (vote

What irritates me is that people dont even care to verify the contents before forwarding.

Did quite a bit of research to find that there is something called 49-o, which says that you may choose not to vote and inform your decision to electoral office. But that’s about it. Nothing like what is there in forwards.  I found a very useful thread on this here,

Also a nice write up came up in DNA as well

Another very useful and informative blog.

So I was wondering what is the use of the 49-O clause? And from what I understand it is in a way only to pressurize political parties to field better candidates. 

So request to all to not to forward this email or for the matter of fact any email, without verifying the contents. Because you might end up spreading wrong information. 



Lakshmi Krishnamurthy said...

I've received a lot of emails on health topics, esp on stroke. If you follow those instructions, I think you can speed up the process of buying a ticket for the patient to heaven. There's so much of wrong information getting circulated through emails.

brocasarea said...

one of the annoying things are those mails abt funds and accidents...