‘NOTA’ is not a silly figure in Kottayam
Kottayam: Though the Election Commission of India did not encourage voting for NOTA (None Of The Above) in the Lok Sabha polls, the voters were determined not to ignore it. In Kottayam constituency, NOTA received a total of 7150 votes from seven assembly segments here.
The highest number of votes were cast to NOTA in Piravam assembly segment. 1629 voters cast their vote to NOTA here. NOTA received 1055 votes in Vaikom, 871 votes in Pala, 960 in Kaduthuruthy, 872 in Ettumanoor, 836 in Kottayam and 927 in Puthuppally.
In 2014 Lok Sabha polls when NOTA was introduced for the first time, it received a total of 14,024 votes in Kottayam constituency. The NOTA button is added in the voting machine to express the disagreement of the voters who do not want to cast their vote to any of the candidates in the constituency.