EC ready to allow postal ballots for NRIs

New Delhi: Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) may soon be able to cast their votes through postal ballots.

According to a report, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has conveyed to the Ministry of Law and Justice that it is 'technically and administratively ready' to extend the Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) to NRI voters for upcoming assembly elections in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Presently, NRIs can only cast their votes in the constituencies where they are registered as voters. However, under ETPBS, the postal ballot is dispatched electronically and returned via ordinary mail.

The facility is currently available only to service voters. If the government accepts proposals of the ECI, Indians residing abroad, who are eligible to vote, will have to inform the Returning Officer (RO) at least five days after the notification of the election. Asianet Online