The number of non-resident Indians (NRIs) registering themselves as 'overseas electors' has seen a two-fold jump in the last three years, latest government and Election Commission (EC) data show.
Indians who are residing in other countries for work or for any other purpose and who have not yet surrendered their Indian citizenship are entitled to cast their votes in constituencies they reside, provided they have registered themselves for it. According to the electoral roll 2014, 11,846 people were registered as ‘overseas electors’, in which 11,140 were men and only 706 women.
Interestingly, in the year 2017 the number of registered ‘overseas voters’ has increased to 24,348, which includes 22,428 men and 1,920 women. This is according to the written submission by the Union Law Minister to a question put to him in the Winter Session of Parliament in the month of December.
It has been noted that out of 24,348 overseas voters 23,556 are from Kerala and 37 are from Delhi. The number of overseas voters has almost doubled between 2014 and 2017. However, this rise is still not enough significant because it is far less compared to the number of non-resident Indians in other countries who are entitled to vote.