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Will bring bill to allow NRIs to vote from their locations, Centre tells SC


New Delhi, Nov 11 (IANS): The central government on Friday told the Supreme Court that it will bring a bill during the Winter Session of Parliament to amend the Representation of People Act for allowing Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to exercise their franchise from their offshore locations.

Seeking that the matter be adjourned for six months, the central government on Friday told the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud that permitting the NRIs to vote from their overseas location was being done through legislation that will be brought during the Winter Session of Parliament.

However, the court adjourned the hearing for 12 weeks.

In the earlier hearing of the matter on July 21, the top court had asked the central government to tell it the time it would require for bringing a bill to amend the Representation of People Act.

A team of ministers had on July 20, 2017, decided that to "facilitate external modes of voting to the overseas electors, amendment to the Representation of People Act, 1951 would be required by way of introduction of Bill in Parliament", the bench was told during the July 21 hearing.

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  • Femina, Dxb,mangaluru

    Sat, Nov 11 2017

    Yes we are ready to vote!!!In all forieign countries there are Indian consulates.When we can wait for our passport renewals ,why not queue up for voting.Nowadays all digitalised ,its easy task on counting.But only thing is that we need authentic EVM.


    Please let us get our rights for voting.

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  • roy pinto, mangalore

    Sat, Nov 11 2017

    i request all NRI people to come down and vote for coming election in Karnataka .
    WHICH PARTY WANT MORE VOTE SURE MINISTER WILL PAY FOR TICKET UP AND DOWN .

    THEN I THERE WILL BE FULL CHANCE FOR . . . ??? PARTY TO WIN .

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Sat, Nov 11 2017

    Good to have Indians abroad to have voting rights to decide about the government selection

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  • HENRY MiSQUITH, Bahrain

    Sat, Nov 11 2017

    Being an NRI i am eagerly waiting for that historic day to vote ...

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  • Ponkra, Dubai

    Sat, Nov 11 2017

    Welcome move. Gift to NRI from this Government

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 11 2017

    Modi is trying all possible tactics before 2019 elections, last week he has visited DMK supremo Karananidhi, How can he join hands with DMK party which most of the ministers involved in scams during UPA govt.

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  • Ponkra, Dubai

    Sat, Nov 11 2017

    Yellow fever...

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  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 11 2017

    Who told you he joined with DMK?
    Maybe you got some official news which we missed out.
    Kindly do share.

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