Thursday, October 19 2017

August 3, 2017

Proxy vote proposal for overseas Indians cleared by cabinet

Proxy voting to overseas Indians by amending electoral laws has been cleared by Union Cabinet.This was informed by a senior government functionary.For NRI’s, the Representation of the People Act needs to be amended to include proxy voting as other means to cast their votes. While NRIs and overseas Indians are free to cast their votes in constituencies where they are registered, according to the proposal, they will also be allowed to use the option of proxy, which as of now is only available to service personnel.Election Commission is working on the issue had, in 2015, forwarded the legal framework to the law ministry to amend electoral laws to allow overseas Indians use proxy voting.