VOTING RIGHTS TO NRI’S

03 Jan 2013

Every overseas Indian citizen, who is away from his place of ordinary residence in India owing to employment, education or otherwise and has not acquired citizenship of any other country has been given voting rights for electing their representatives to either Lok Sabha or concerned State Legislative Assembly. As a consequence, he/she is entitled to have his/her name registered in the electoral roll of the Assembly Constituency of his place of residence in India as mentioned in his passport. After this enrolment, an overseas elector will be able to cast his vote in an election in the constituency, in person, at the concerned polling station provided for the part where he is registered as an overseas elector. The identification of overseas electors at the time of casting their votes at the polling stations shall be done on the basis of their original passports.

The overseas electors have to fill the form 6-A for registering themselves in the electoral rolls. Form 6-A is available on the website of the Election Commission of India i.e. www.eci.nic.in. The filled in form 6-A, along with the required self-attested documents need to be sent to the concerned Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) of the concerned constituency in which they are to be registered as voters, or deposited with EROs in person. The documents required are the relevant pages of the passport containing name, date of birth, place of birth, father’s name, place of residence in India, passport details and details of the visa. The ERO will be the one which corresponds to Indian address, as mentioned in the passport of the overseas elector. The details of particulars of the EROs are available on the website of the Election Commission of India i.e. www.eci.nic.in. All NRIs in UAE are requested to get their names registered as voters to participate in this registration campaign.

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