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November 07, 2022

Election Commission of India needs to extend the facility of voting to shorter term overseas migrants. Do you agree with this view? Explain (200 Words)

Refer - The Hindu

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·        India has the largest diaspora population, with nearly 1.35 crore non-resident Indians spread across the globe.

·        Currently, the Election Commission of India (ECI) allows enrolled overseas citizens to vote in person at the polling station in the constituency where the person is registered as an overseas elector.

·        The necessity to vote in person and the costs have, for overseas citizens, acted as a disincentive for their wanting to exercise their mandate.

·        This was evident in the numbers of such voters in the 2019 Lok Sabha election  25,606 among the minuscule 99,844 registered electors who voted.

·        Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS), which allows registering their mandate on a downloaded ETPB and sending it to the returning officer of the constituency.

·        This is also a more trustworthy way of registering mandates rather than appointing proxies .

·        Several democratic countries allow for this option to their overseas citizens, but again, none has to deal with anything near the scale India has.

·        The more important question to be tackled while extending the facility of voting to overseas Indians.

·        Therefore, if the postal ballot system is indeed instituted, rules must be clearly framed for voters’ eligibility on the basis of their time spent away from the country.


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