The NOTA (none of the above) option will, hereafter, be a part of the electronic voting machines for urban local bodies (ULBs) in Tamil Nadu.
This has been made possible by the State Municipal Administration and Water Supply (MAWS) Department through a notification issued in April. With this, the State government has fulfilled a long-standing demand of activists for the introduction of the NOTA option in polls to ULBs.
NOTA (none of the above) is a voting option in India that allows voters to express their disapproval of all the candidates in an election. NOTA was introduced in India in 2013, and it has been used in a number of elections since then.
The NOTA option is available in all elections in India, including Lok Sabha (parliamentary) elections, state assembly elections, and local body elections. To vote NOTA, voters simply need to mark the NOTA box on the ballot paper.
The NOTA option is not a vote for any particular candidate. It is simply a way for voters to express their disapproval of all the candidates.
NOTA votes are not counted towards the total number of votes cast, and they do not affect the outcome of the election.
By voting NOTA, voters can show that they are not happy with the choices that are available to them. This can put pressure on the political parties to field better candidates in future elections.
Urban local bodies (ULBs)
They are local government bodies in India that are responsible for the administration of urban areas. There are eight types of ULBs in India:
Municipal Corporation (MC):
An MC is the highest form of ULB in India. It is responsible for the administration of large cities with a population of over 100,000.
A municipality is responsible for the administration of small and medium-sized cities with a population of 25,000 to 100,000.
Notified Area Committee (NAC):
A NAC is responsible for the administration of areas that are not large enough to be classified as a municipality.
Town Area Committee (TAC):
A TAC is responsible for the administration of small towns with a population of less than 25,000.
Cantonment Board (CB):
A CB is responsible for the administration of cantonments, which are areas that are used by the military.
Special Purpose Agency (SPA):
An SPA is a body that is created by the state government to manage a specific project or area.
Port Trust (PT):
A PT is responsible for the administration of ports.