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As Proxy Voting Gets Cabinet Nod, 24,000 NRIs Register As Voters

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| August 13 , 2017 , 13:18 IST

Overseas Indians, popularly known as NRIs (Non-Resident Indians) who have not taken citizenship of any other nation and are eligible to vote in India can now vote via proxy as per a Union Cabinet decision on August 2.

In the wake of the decision of allowing proxy voting, more than 24,000 overseas Indians have registered as voters with the Election Commission by means of its new online portal.

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While previously only 10,000 to 12,000 NRIs typically voted as the majority were not able to come to India to vote personally, the new policy will likely increase the participation of non-resident Indians in the voting process of the nation.

To enable easy registration, the Election Commission has launched a new portal where the NRIs can register online. So far, 24,348 have registered with the EC, from which 23,556 are from Kerala, 364 from Punjab and 14 from Gujarat.

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According to the 'Overseas Indian Voters' portal, an overseas elector is defined as a person who is a citizen of India and who has not acquired citizenship of any other country. The overseas electors can register as voters in the constituency that is their place of residence in India as given in their original Indian passport.

The overseas electors will not be issued any election photo identity card but can issue in person by showing their original passport or vote by using the option of proxy. Previously, only members of the armed forces were able to vote by proxy.