As reported earlier in our previous article - Indian polls to have a new participant soon - online NRI voters, the NRIs are now eligible to participate in the Indian elections using the electronic-ballot (e-balloting) systems.
The Indian State Election Commission (SEC) has recently released the necessary guidelines for the NRIs to exercise their votes in the local elections. The guidelines mandate electoral registration officers to keep five copies of the voters’ list of the NRIs. The officers need to give four copies of the list to the related returning officers. NRIs need to present their original certificates as proof of their identity, when they visit the polling stations for casting their votes. For this purpose, the guidelines offer multiple options to NRIs to identify themselves. The NRI voters need to show ID proof such as the voter ID card issued by the commission, passport, driving license, PAN card, Aadhaar card and SSLC book with photo.
For more details on the voting rights for the NRI, please visit the following link - http://www.elections.in/political-corner/what-are-the-voting-rights-for-nris-in-india/
As per the prevalent law so far, the NRI name was mandated to be obliterated from the voters' list - if he or she is not staying at their respective Indian residence for a period of six months at a stretch. Importantly, the Indian government has fulfilled this longstanding demand of the Indian expatriate community; while acknowledging the necessity for having “legitimate voting rights” for NRIs. Approximately 11 million NRI voters would receive their voting rights from the announced system.