abstain from voting

abstain from voting

To refrain from casting a vote for someone or something. Many argue that citizens who abstain from voting put the democratic process in jeopardy. Because I didn't like either candidate, I decided to abstain from voting for the first time in my life.
See also: abstain, vote

abstain from voting

to choose not to vote either for or against a proposition or nominee. I will have to abstain from voting since I cannot make up my mind.
See also: abstain, vote
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The current Rules of Procedure allow members of the parliament to not only vote "for" or "against", but also to abstain from voting.
Temer needed at least 172 lawmakers to back him or abstain from voting to avoid prosecution.
He also criticized Washington's "shameful" decision to abstain from voting.
If you abstain from voting, once again you are voting for the Tories.
Several political parties and users expressed their anger and condemnation regarding Egypt's vote for Israel through social media, urging that it would have been better to abstain from voting.
The SNP traditionally abstain from voting on legislation that does not affect Scotland but they will take part in tomorrow's vote.
The office of the Indian Prime Minister also issued an explanation of why India chose to abstain from voting in the Human Rights Council, in which India stated that it is not a member of the International Crime Court, and in which it calls for Israel and Palestine to adopt a policy of negotiations to end the differences between the two sides.
TO BE or not to be that is the question The future of this nation is in suspension By disbelievers who avoid decision Treating voting with sneering derision Non-voters are just ignorant fools Who will hand the reins to stubborn mules The path to democracy was won by bitter conflict People who valiantly fought for it were executed Or became exiled convicts People who abstain from voting are like ostriches With heads in sand Instead of securing by pen fate of our land Voting is a must to put people in power we can trust by Mrs ET Bassett, OAP, Aigburth
LONDON -- MQM chief Altaf Hussain threatened on Tuesday that his party may abstain from voting for the election chairman and deputy chairman Senate.
Geethanjana Gunawardene, C Gajadheera, YG Padmasiri and Weerakunara Dissanayake also abstain from voting.
AFTER the Shiva Sena softening its stand against the Bharatiya Janata party ( BJP), the Nationalist Congress Party ( NCP) on Monday reiterated its support for the saffron party and said the NCP would abstain from voting in the Legislative Assembly if the BJP decided to form a minority government in the state.
However, Cameron's government is likely to abstain from voting.
The US had conveyed that it will abstain from voting on Dasu Project in the World Bank Board meeting.
Sri Lanka, Pakistan and South Africa all opposed the revamp of the ICC's governance and structure when it was debated last month, although Sri Lanka decided to abstain from voting on the move during an ICC board meeting, along with Pakistan, after South Africa switched to vote in favour.
Investors who abstain from voting or vote against get the right to be bought out at RUB 123.