NRIs can now vote in Indian elections

NRIs can now vote in Indian electionsThe Center has issued a notification allowing millions of NRIs to enjoy voting rights in India.

The announcement will help NRIs exercise their franchise after the Parliament had in the monsoon session passed the Representation of People (Amendment) Bill, 2010 to allow NRIs to vote in Indian elections.


“Gazette notification has been issued giving voting rights to Non-Resident Indians,” Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi told Lok Sabha, replying to a question. An estimated 11 million NRIs are living in various countries across the world.

However, the person will be able to exercise the franchise only if he or she is present in the constituency on the polling day. Ravi said NRIs, “who have not acquired citizenship of any other country and are living abroad owing to employment, education or otherwise, are now eligible to register their names in the electoral rolls in their places as mentioned in their passport.

He said the Election Commission is likely to soon finalise the rules and regulations prescribing modalities for entry of names of NRIs in electoral rolls. The Government had decided to allow the NRIs to participate in the democratic process to further boost the two-way engagement.

The government has issued a gazette notification in this regard.

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