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LS passes Bill to enable NRIs to vote in person or proxy

The Lok Sabha passed The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill that would enable overseas voters or Non Resident Indians to cast their vote in person or by proxy in the constituency where the poll is taken.

Piloting the Bill, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said passing the Bill marks an momentous occasion for the over seas votes.

He said the demand for NRIs to vote has been a genuine issue. “I am proud to say that all NRIs have reached abroad due to their hard work,” he said and hence it is legitimate to say that they have right to vote.

In this context, he said the word ‘proxy’ need not be considered a dirty word.

All the concerns which have been raised by many members can be fixed, he said.

He also maintained that the E-voting may not be completely secure. “We need further technology to ensure that e-voting is safe”.

Among others BJP lawmaker Rajiv Pratap Rudy, AIADMK member R Gopalakrishnan and Trinamool Congress Member Sanghamita Mamtaz also participated in the discussion on the Bill.

The Trinanool MP said “One cannot be sure that the proxy voter would vote for the party according to the NRI’s choice. It is not foolproof and thus the government should rethink on it”.

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