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Blank column in ballot paper welcomed

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KARACHI: The decision to introduce a column in the ballot paper that will give the voter an option to express rejection of all candidates in his constituency is a welcome step, the Awami Workers Party said on Tuesday.

The “NOTA” column (none of the above) will not impose any restrictions on a candidate or affect his party, the party contended. It recalled that representatives of all major parties were present in the Supreme Court during a hearing on the matter, but none of them raised any objections.

Yousuf Mastikhan, Akhtar Hussain and Usman Baloch, all senior leaders of the AWP, said retrogressive elements were opposing an “initiative which will strgthen the people’s belief in democracy”.

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Shahzad Latif
Apr 10, 2013 03:58am
I am more interested in knowing what the plans are for tax defaulters including thetwo third lawmakers. So far, not even a single party has added that to its manifesto. For how long would we continue begging money from other countries?
M. Alvi
Apr 10, 2013 06:24am
When a voter votes "None of the above", what did he accomplish by going to poles?
Apr 10, 2013 10:00am
This is a far-sighted step for democracy! Its high time it was implemented in India as well.