Proxy vot­ing for NRIs cleared by the In­dian gov­ern­ment

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

The Union Gov­ern­ment last week cleared a pro­posal to ex­tend proxy vot­ing to Non-Res­i­dent In­di­ans (NRIs) by amend­ing elec­toral laws, the news agency Press Trust of In­dia re­ported.

For NRIs, the Rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Peo­ple Act needs to be amended to in­clude proxy vot­ing as other means to cast their votes.

While NRIs are free to cast their votes in con­stituen­cies where they are reg­is­tered, ac­cord­ing to the pro­posal, they would also be al­lowed to use the op­tion of proxy, which as of now is only avail­able to ser­vice per­son­nel.

An ex­pert com­mit­tee in the Elec­tion Com­mis­sion work­ing on the is­sue had, in 2015, for­warded the le­gal frame­work to the law min­istry to amend elec­toral laws to al­low NRIs use proxy vot­ing.

Data shows that only 10,000 to 12,000 NRIs have voted be­cause they do not want to spend money to come to In­dia and ex­er­cise their fran­chise.

Pho­to­graph for il­lus­tra­tive pur­pose only

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