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NRIs can vote in Elections without coming to India

The Non-resident Indians (NRI) will very soon be able to cast their votes via electronic-ballots or via their nominees residing in India. The GOI informed the SC that it had accepted the Election Commission’s recommendation to allow NRIs to vote through e-ballot system or through proxy. The EC discarded other possibilities such as postal ballot and internet voting as they are very vulnerable.

After the Centre conveyed its acceptance of the Election Commission’s (EC) recommendations on NRI voting, a bench of CJI H L Dattu and Justice A K Sikri gave eight weeks time to the government to make necessary amendments in the law to implement the suggestions recommended by the EC.

The NRI wishing to vote through E-ballot procedure would have to send an application to the returning officer either electronically or physically. The Returning Officer will verify the particulars of the person and at the time of election.  Once the RO is satidfied, he will send the postal ballot electronically after the same is finalized on the last date of withdrawal of candidature.

A 12-member committee  for ‘Exploring the Feasibility of Alternative Options for Voting by Overseas Electors‘ was headed by Vinod Zutshi, Deputy Election Commissioner.