It’s not likely to happen this general election but non-resident Indians (NRIs) may soon be able to cast their ballot, even if they’re not back home. The Election Commission of India (EC) is considering a proposal to allow this following many representations made by expatriate Indians. Currently, NRIs can only vote in their constituencies. This regulation is seen as restrictive as only 11,844 Indians living abroad have registered as voters, the maximum being from Kerala. Of these, barely anyone has traveled to the country to exercise his or her franchise.
Senior officials told ET said that the commission has recently received several requests regarding this matter, including one from Rajya Sabha MP and industrialist Naveen Jindal and the Ministry of Overseas Affairs. This option, however, will not be available for the 2014 general elections.
“This proposal requires a lot of work and it could easily take us a whole year to make appropriate changes to the law and evolve a foolproof online arrangement which would ensure secrecy of vote. We’ ..