Monday, April 19, 2010

Giving voting rights to NRIs not easy, says Chawla

TPURAM: Even though the Manmohan Singh government is keen to give voting rights to non-resident Indians (NRIs), Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla says it appears this may not be an easy task.

Interacting with reporters here, Chawla said the Election Commission wrote to the government last month about the issues involved in NRI voting.

NRIs are settled all over the world. They come from various states and various constituencies. In big countries, there would be quite a number of places where votes may have to be cast, said Chawla.

The Election Commission will need to carry the voting machines to all these places and bring them back safely, said Chawla.

He added that the commission will have limited time - from the date of announcing the list of candidates till the polling date - to complete the process.

The current rule dealing with a voters minimum stay in a constituency before being eligible to vote may also require changes, said Chawla.

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