NOTA a toothless tiger , do we need it?During the Karnataka elections, people have had so many messages and jokes about NOTA option on the ballot box.
As far as I understand NOTA means None of the above and the voters can choose this option in any ward or locality if they do not find any suitable candidate from the parties or independents.
While this sounds exciting, is it really useful. Whatever is the votes 'won' by NOTA, the party/human with the highest votes wins the election.
NOTA is just a group of invalid votes, this keeps the disgruntled people happy because they can ensure that their votes do not go to an undeserving candidate. With the paper ballot, we would have some people stamping many boxes to vent their anger or displeasure against the list of candidates.
To me, NOTA sounds like a toothless tiger with just a number next to it after the elections. either we scrap it or give it more weight.