Supreme Court asks Centre to apprise it on issue of NRI voting in polls

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HIGHLIGHTS

  1. SC asks Centre to apprise as to whether it is going to amend the election law for enabling NRIs to vote.
  2. It has given the Centre a week’s time to file its reply.
  3. The court also noted the submission that the NRIs can be allowed to vote through postal ballot.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Centre to apprise it within a week as to whether it is going to amend the election law or rules for enabling non-resident Indians (NRIs) to vote in polls here.

A bench comprising Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud considered the statement that the Centre and the Election Commission have agreed to the proposal in principle and the only issue is the ways to effect it.
The court also noted the submission that the NRIs can be allowed to vote through postal ballot by either changing the Representation of the People Act, 1950 or by amending the rules made under the RP Act.

The court was hearing a batch of petitions, including one filed by one Nagender Chindam and another by Shamsheer VP, on various issues including NRIs should be allowed to vote through postal ballot.

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