New Delhi: The issue of NRI voting got a noteworthy push on Friday with the Center advising the Supreme Court that NRIs would be permitted to cast their vote in Indian elections through proxy or an e-postal ballot system as proposed by the Election Commission.
The government informed the Supreme Court of its choice to acknowledge the Election Commission’s proposal to enable Non-Resident Indians to vote from overseas through e-postal ballots or proxy voting.
The poll panel had said the move to enable NRIs to utilise proxy voting on the lines of safeguard personnel and e-ballot office would require changes either in the Representation of People (RP) Act or in the rules made under the Act.
Additional Solicitor-General Atmaram Nadkarni stated to a bench containing Chief Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice D.Y. Chandrchud that either the Representation of the People’s Act or its rules would be amended to offer impact to this proposal.
The ASG told the bench that the government had acknowledged on a basic level the recommendation of the Election Commission.
This choice likewise, truly, expels an “unreasonable restriction” postured by Section 20(A) of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act of 2010, requiring overseas electors to be physically present in their constituencies to cast their votes.
It was submitted in one of the pleas that in Kerala, 70% of the general population were NRIs who ought to be given this right as they contribute such a great approach to the nation.
Concurring that the government would expect time to introduce the change, the Bench seen in its composed request that the government has acknowledged the Commission suggestions in “letter and spirit.”
The 12-part advisory group including authorities from the EC, Law and External Affairs Ministries had accumulated opinion from all segments before presenting a report to the apex court.