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abstention

Politics the act of withholding one's vote
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'But you are not required to abstain from the substantial dinner of to-day: you are only advised to partake of these coarser viands in such moderation as not to incapacitate you from enjoying the choicer banquet of to-morrow.
In other cases, the probability is that the United States will either wholly abstain from the objects preoccupied for local purposes, or will make use of the State officers and State regulations for collecting the additional imposition.
For a little while we played with my two medals, and, with the delicacy of a sleeping companion, David abstained on this occasion from asking why one of them was not a Victoria Cross.
People who in former years habitually called upon me and invited me--or who, in the event of my absence, habitually wrote to me at this season--have abstained with a remarkable unanimity from calling, inviting, or writing now.
I understand they abstained which helped the government with the numbers needed to pass the bill.
Plaid's four MPs all abstained from the from the Customs Union, but in favour of the other three.
The Philippines, along with 34 other countries, abstained on the UN vote to declare the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital null and void during an emergency session of the UN General Assembly.
The petitioner had said two parliamentary parties consisting of 69 votes preferred to sit in the NA but abstained from voting.
ISLAMABAD -- The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday accepted a petition seeking the prime minister's election to be declared unconstitutional on the basis that at least 69 members of the National Assembly abstained from voting and failed to participate in the formation of the federal government.
'Constitution (Fourth Alteration) Bill No 4 (Financial Autonomy of State legislatures); Yes: 33 States, No: 1 State, Abstain: 1 State;
And by the way, Kenya policy is to abstain in Country Specific votes with the exception of Palestine and Cuba,' Kamau said.
The initiators of the idea believe that if the members of parliament do not have the option to abstain from voting, it will minimize their chances of hiding their opinions or misleading voters, as by abstaining they actually vote against a given motion.