In­dia’s top court asks govt to de­cide on vot­ing norms for NRIs

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Non-Res­i­dent In­di­ans (NRIs) may be able to vote in fu­ture elec­tions af­ter In­dia’s Supreme Court on Fri­day asked the gov­ern­ment to take a de­ci­sion within a week to give them vot­ing rights, ac­cord­ing to In­dian me­dia re­ports.

A bench of Chief Jus­tice J S Khe­har and Jus­tice D Y Chan­drachud said that the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion (EC) had set up a com­mit­tee which had ex­am­ined the is­sue and sub­mit­ted a re­port in Oc­to­ber 2014.

It was an­nounced in January 2015 that the gov­ern­ment had in prin­ci­ple agreed with the rec­om­men­da­tions of the com­mit­tee.

The bench also recorded that the EC com­mit­tee had widerang­ing con­sul­ta­tions and rec­om­mended the modal­i­ties through which NRIs could cast their votes. “The only ques­tion, that arises for con­sid­er­a­tion now is whether the Union of In­dia needs to ac­cept the pro­pos­als made in the Oc­to­ber 2014 re­port, which has al­ready been ac­cepted in prin­ci­ple, by way of an amend­ment of Sec­tion 20 and Sec­tion 20A of the RP Act or al­ter­na­tively, by a mere amend­ment to the rules,” it said.

“On the in­stant as­pect, the Union of In­dia had sought time on Novem­ber 18, 2016. Fur­ther time is again be­ing sought. We af­ford fur­ther op­por­tu­nity to the Union of In­dia to take a fi­nal de­ci­sion, whether the pro­pos­als al­ready ac­cepted by it need to be im­ple­mented by way of amend­ing RP Act or the rules framed there­un­der,” the bench said.

The bench told ad­di­tional so­lic­i­tor gen­eral At­maram Nadkarni to in­form it of the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion on July 21.

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