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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Summary: New Delhi [India], Aug 5 (ANI): NCP MP Vandana Chavan on Monda criticised the "method" adopted by the Central government to push through its decisions on jammu and Kashmir in the Rajya Sabha and said her party will abstain from voting.
If the federal government does not cancel the planned debate and voting on the 2017 proposal, all MPs especially the 26 MPs from Sabah and Labuan should vote against or at least abstain from voting on the proposal, Bersih 2.0 said.
"We are practicing what's even worse than denial - we are acting indifferent!" She announced that the Lebanese Forces Party would abstain from voting in favor of this budget, "despite our support to some of its items, which remain unfortunately much less than what is required at the present time to salvage the situation." R.H.
AustralianSuper, Australia's largest superannuation and pension fund, has said that it will abstain from voting during re-election of board members at the big four banks' annual meetings until Commissioner Kenneth Hayne delivers his final report early next year.
He held that the chosen representatives of the people could not abstain from voting and urged the court to declare that the election of PM Khan had been unconstitutional.
However, the PPP decided to abstain from voting in the PM election over reservations on Shehbaz being the candidate for prime minister.
He said it is clear in the House rules that those who vote against the Speaker or abstain from voting belong to the minority.
On Monday night, the President told reporters that his decision to abstain from voting was for a 'purely political' reason.
The current Rules of Procedure allow members of the parliament to not only vote "for" or "against", but also to abstain from voting. The public initiative calls to delete this option from the rules.
He also criticized Washington's "shameful" decision to abstain from voting. The U.S., Israel's closest ally, had previously used its veto to protect the country from proposed actions against it.
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