Indian diaspora to register as Overseas Voters

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Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra has urged members of the overseas Indian community to register as overseas voters.

  • He also informed the NRI community that the extension of Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) facility for overseas voters is being considered.

  • The government is considering the matter after the Election Commission had written to the Law Ministry in 2020 to allow NRIs to vote through postal ballots.

  • A delegation led by Chandra visited South Africa and Mauritius.

  • During the visit, talks were held with the Election Commission of South Africa and Mauritius as well as with the NRI community in both the countries.

  • South Africa has made great strides in democracy and will host the next general assembly of the Association of World Election Bodies (AWEB) in October 2022.

  • India has a very intense and active engagement with AWEB.

  • Both India and South Africa are founding members of this organisation.

  • Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) 

  • It enables voters to cast their vote on a postal ballot received electronically from their preferred location.

  • Voters can avail this service from anywhere outside their designated constituency.

  • It was developed to facilitate service voters

  • ETPBS is developed and managed by Election Commission of India.

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