Voting rights in India are fundamental to the country’s democracy and have been a long-standing topic of interest for non-resident Indians (NRIs).
India provides voting rights to its citizens living abroad, allowing them to participate in the country’s democratic process. Non-resident Indians are eligible to vote in the Lok Sabha elections, state assembly elections and local body elections.
However, NRIs may face certain challenges when exercising their right to vote in India, including bureaucratic complexities and lack of awareness about the process.
As India’s largest diaspora population, NRIs have an important role to play in shaping the future of the country and its democracy. Understanding their voting rights and the procedures involved is critical for their effective participation in India’s electoral process.
Can an NRI vote in India?
Yes, Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) are allowed to vote in Indian elections. To be eligible to vote in Indian elections, NRIs must be registered as voters with the Election Commission of India. The Election Commission of India has made special provisions for NRIs to cast their votes in Indian elections.
In order to register as a voter, an NRI must have a valid Indian passport and an address in India. They must also complete the Form 6A, which is available on the website of the Election Commission of India.
After completing the form, the NRI must submit it to the Electoral Registration Officer in their constituency along with the necessary documents. Once the application is approved, the NRI will be added to the electoral roll and will be able to cast their vote in Indian elections.
NRIs can also cast their vote through postal ballots or by authorizing a representative to cast their vote. To cast a postal ballot, the NRI must first fill out the Form 12D and submit it to the returning officer of their constituency.
To authorize a representative, the NRI must fill out the Form 13 and submit it to the returning officer of their constituency.
It is important to note that NRIs are only eligible to vote in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections. They are not eligible to vote in local body elections or in any other polls conducted in India.