Bill for NRI voting rights introduced in RS

Bowing to repeated demands of non-resident Indians (NRIs) for voting rights, the government on Saturday introduced a bill in the Rajya Sabha to enable them to register their names in electoral rolls.

Moving the Representation of People (Amendment) Bill 2010, law minister M Veerappa Moily said the fresh move would allow Indians living abroad, who have not acquired the citizenship of any other country, to register themselves in the constituencies where their place of residence falls, as mentioned in their passports.

This came after the minister withdrew the 2006 draft of the same proposed legislation saying he was doing so as it did not have details.

A 2006 draft of this proposed law was withdrawn as it did not have details regarding modalities on conferring voting rights to NRIs.

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