According to the directions of Hon'ble Supreme Court, the Election Commission made provision in the ballot papers/EVMs for None of the Above [NOTA] option so that the voters who come to the polling booth and decide not to vote for any of the candidates in the fray, are able to exercise their right not to vote for any candidate while maintain the secrecy of their ballot. The provision for NOTA has been made since General Election to State Legislative Assemblies of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, NCT of Delhi and Rajasthan in October – December 2013 and continued in the General Election to State Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim in April – May 2014 along with the General Elections to Lok Sabha 2014.
The votes polled against the NOTA option are not taken into account for calculating the total valid votes polled by the contesting candidates for the purpose of return of security deposits to candidates. Even if the number of electors opting for NOTA option is more than the number of votes polled by any of the candidates, the candidate who secures the largest number of votes has to be declared elected.
Since introduction of NOTA, Rules 49  of the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 [relating to electors deciding not to vote] has been repealed.
Symbol for NOTA has been introduced in 2015. क्या यह नोटा वोट को लोकतंत्र में अहम भूमिका और सार्थक सहयोग कर सकता है। अगर है तो जन आंदोलन के लिए देश तैयार हो जाए।