New Delhi: Anna Hazare’s Right to Reject seems to have cast spell on the Election Commission, as it has decided to shoot off letter to the Central government in this regard, in a bid to convince the ruling dispensation that it could be an effective tool to get rid of corrupt leaders.

The EC wants to introduce a new button called ‘Right to Reject’ on its EVM machines before next year’s Assembly elections. Team Anna has also urged the government to expedite the process in this regard.

Chief Election Commissioner SY Quraishi along with other members of the EC held a meeting with Team Anna. Shanti Bhushan, Kiran Bedi, Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and Manish Sisodiya were present in the meeting.

Quraishi said that the commission had written a letter to the government in 2003 also for placing Right to Reject button on EVM.

“There is no need of amendment to the law. This can be implemented after the directions from the Law Ministry itself,” he said.
As per the Election Rules, Section 49 (O), a voter can reject candidate, but he needs to fill a form at the polling booth for disclosing his identity.

Shanti Bhushan emphasized on the need of changes in the public representatives laws. He said that if the Right to Reject button is pressed by majority, elections should be conducted again.

However, one of the members from the EC said that in this case, there can be possibility of holding elections again in a big manner.

JPN/Bureau