NRIs to Cast E-Vote in Bihar Election?

India has not had an absentee ballot system until now. Section 19 of 'The Representation of the People Act' allows a person to register to vote if he or she is above 18 years of age and is an ordinary resident of the constituency i.e. the current address for 6 months or longer. Section 20 of the Act disqualifies a non-resident Indian from getting his/her name registered in the electoral roll. Consequently, it also prevents an NRI from casting vote in elections. The Representation of the … [Read more...]

Could NRI Voters Cast Their Votes Without Visiting India?

In some of our previous articles, we have discussed the possibilities of voting for NRI voters without requiring them to visit India on the election day. Here is some good news for all of our NRI friends who have long aspired to actively participate in the elections by the means of voting. In the near future, e-ballot voting may become a possibility and there is official backing to this news. What is E-Ballot Voting for NRI Voters? The Union Government informed the Supreme court of India … [Read more...]

Detailed Guide On Voter ID Card For NRI

Voter’s ID card is not only important in allowing you to cast your vote it also acts as a valid identity proof. This card is issued by the Chief Election Commission and distributed by booth level officers once the voter applies for the same. A person not only residing in India but an Indian citizen who resides abroad can obtain this election card. In this article we highlight the process for you to obtain it. Need Of Voter ID Card In India Casting vote would have been a simple affair had … [Read more...]

Can A Non-Resident Indian Citizen Become A Voter?

The Government of India has made it easier to apply for a voter card via the internet and hopes to expand the scope of voter registration, especially for NRIs who no longer need to visit the ERO in India. Can A Non-Resident Indian Citizen Become A Voter? Yes, According to the provisions of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2010, a person who is a citizen of India and who has not acquired the citizenship of any other country and is otherwise eligible to be registered as a voter … [Read more...]

Can Teenagers Go for Online Voter Registration?

Each year, thousands of teens attain 18 years of age. As they become adults, they are eligible to cast their votes. This signifies that they are eligible apply for their voter ID card. The Election Commission of India (ECI) had earlier made voter ID card compulsory for voting. Today, it is better known as the Election Photo Identity Card (EPIC) as it identifies the holder’s photo as well. Why Teens Should Apply for Voter ID? The voter ID is a valuable identity card that allows the holder … [Read more...]

The Agony Of NRI Voters And 3 Ways To End It

Non Resident Indians (or NRIs) have long been a mere and mute spectator to the political proceedings in India. As an Indian they too want to have their say in these matters. For this very purpose in the year 2010, Lok Sabha adopted the Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill which was eventually passed in the Parliament of India. The law gave the Indians staying abroad (or NRIs as they are mostly referred to), a right to vote. The law ensured that the NRIs can enroll themselves in the … [Read more...]