Only 24,000 overseas Indians have registered as voters

PTI
Sunday, August 13, 2017

A little over 24,000 overseas Indians, who are entitled to cast their ballot in India, have registered themselves as voters.

Now, in a bid to attract more such Indian citizens living abroad to become voters here, the Election Commission has launched a portal which allows them to register online.

The portal also has a long list of frequently asked questions to help people understand the procedure.

While there are no estimates on the number of overseas Indians eligible to vote in India, only 24,348 have registered with the poll panel.

Out of these, 23,556 are from Kerala, 364 from Punjab and 14 from Gujarat, according to the data provided by the Commission.

According to the 'Overseas Indian Voters' portal, an overseas elector is a person who is a citizen of India and who has not acquired citizenship of any other country.

The portal can be accessed through the Election Commission website eci.nic.in

Such people are eligible to be registered as voters in the constituency in which their place of residence in India, as mentioned in their original Indian passport in which their visa endorsement has been made, is located.

Once their name is registered as a voter, the election officials of the constituency concerned will inform the overseas Indian by post on his or her latest address abroad.

But, the portal clarifies, that overseas electors are not issued an election photo identity card as they are allowed to cast vote in an election in the constituency in person at the polling station on showing their original passport.

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

Now, things may change as the Union Cabinet had on August 2 cleared a proposal to extend proxy voting to overseas Indians by amending electoral laws.

While NRIs and overseas Indians 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 overseas Indians use proxy voting.

But for every election, the overseas voters will have to name a new person as their proxy.

Proxy voting is allowed for members of the armed forces.

The bill to allow the new provision for overseas voters could not be introduced in the Monsoon session of Parliament which ended on Friday.


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Anand
Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017

@Bajrangi & @ Anna Hindi if you not interested to vote any of them political leaders in good character why should you not become a leader? if you don't have time for your nation u should not speak about any decision they take. so don't be over smart and keep quite. one more thing if u scare to write your real name it means r u hiding from some reason? due to such type of u people india is not growing well.

SHANTHI
Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2017

I CANNOT ENROLL AS I AM BORN IN KUWAIT AND THIS OPTION DOES NOT EXIST

Indian Modifan
Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2017

Please provide the link for enrollment. Mentioned link has no option for applying.

Peekay
Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2017

@Bajrangi Bhai and @AnaHindi. You can't find enough members to send to Parliament or State Assembly if you are thinking this way. You can elect only few people who is non- criminal, non- murderers, non- gangsters or non-gaurakshaks, because maximum political leaders are criminals.

AnaHindi
Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2017

@Bajrangi Bhai All should vote in order to make sure that Criminals, Murderers, Gangsters and Gau-RAKSHAS do not win again.

AnaHindi
Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2017

@Bajrangi Bhai All should vote in order to make sure that Criminals, Murderers, Gangsters and Gau-RAKSHAS do not win again.

Sa
Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2017

Casting a vote is the right of all citizen. You are expressing your opinion through it. Now the election commission provide " nota' button if you feel none of the candidates are up to your mark. But express it. I tried to register in through their portal, but to get approval we have to submit the attested copy of the passport to the office by hand. I don't know why they need it. From the passport number they can verify the person is abroad or not. So make the procedure easy more people will register and use this facility. Also make arrangements abroad to cast the vote through electronic voting machines.

Bajrangi Bhai
Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2017

Why to waste our precise time in voting for criminals, murderers, gangsters and Gau-rakhsakhs .

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