Good news for all Non Resident Indians – they can now cast their votes in Indian elections without actually having to come to India. This decision comes as a response to a recommendation forwarded by the Election Commission, to allow NRIs to vote through e-ballot system or through proxy. After the centre conveyed its acceptance on the recommendation, a bench of Chief Justice H. L. Dattu and Justice A. K. Sikri gave the centre eight weeks, to make necessary amendments in the law to implement the suggestion.
NRIs wishing to vote through the e-ballot procedure, would have to send an application either electronically or physically to the returning officer (RO). The particulars of the person will then be verified, after which the postal ballot will be sent electronically, which the NRI elector can access through a password that would be issued to him/her. The elector will need to download the postal ballot paper, cast his/her vote and post it back to the RO after getting the declaration attested. However, they will not be able to exercise their franchise through this new method of voting during the coming Delhi assembly polls.
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