Many Indians move to other nations for green pastures but have strong bonding with their motherland. They continually desire to have the right to vote or voting rights and join in the electoral process of their nation of origin and vote for applicants they feel are right to govern the country. The Constitution of India and Statutes recognize NRIs right to vote as a precious right. A person must be a citizen of India of at least 18 years of age, not otherwise disqualified by law and must be an ordinary resident of the constituency to be enrolled as a voter. A person can be enrolled in only one place in one constituency and has just one vote.
- The good news for all such Non-Resident Indians is the government has allowed NRIs right to vote and take an active part in the electoral process of their nation of origin.
- The government has issued notification for the registration of overseas electorates under the Representation of People Act, 1950. As per the provisions of the Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2010, an NRI who has not received the residency of any other country and is unless an eligible voter, can register himself in the constituency that happens in his place of residence as specified in his passport.
How to apply for voter ID card?
The non-resident Indians (NRIs) can apply for voter ID card online without visiting the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) in India. The Government through the Election Commission (EC) has made these outlines so that NRI electors can apply online for voter ID card.
Procedure for registration by NRIs
The NRI can file the application for polling in a prescribed Form (6A) prior to the ERO of the constituency within which residency falls as defined in the passport.
- The application form can be presented in person before the ERO or can be sent through postal mail addressing the ERO concerned.
- The primary requirement for processing such form is one recent passport size coloured photograph, photocopy of relevant pages of the passport containing a photograph, residence details and other details. The page of passport including the valid visa is also needed to be attached.
- If NRIs are sending the application form by post, they need to assure that it must carry duly self-attested copy of the passport and all the documents specified in Form 6A.
- If NRIs are submitting the application in person, the original passport should be presented for verification. Moreover, the registration details of the ERO will be told to the candidate by post on the address in the overseas country provided in form 6A and also by SMS on the mobile number provided by him in form 6A.
- Once enrolled, the NRIs can get right to vote in India and becomes a voter as well as can cast his vote in person, at the polling station in the nation of his residence and where he/she is registered as an overseas electorate.
The Indian government has made the electoral process simple for NRIs right to vote in India so that people can take part in the elections held in their native country and can also participate in the national development process.