EC exploring online voting option for NRIs

The Election Commission (EC) informed the Supreme Court Monday that it was exploring the means of enabling Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to vote online but expressed its inability to facilitate voting in foreign locations or provide any other alternative for the upcoming general elections.

The EC said the NRIs will have to travel to India, like they have been doing so far, to cast votes for the 2014 poll.

It told a Bench led by Justice K S Radhakrishnan that the EC had appointed a committee to explore the possibility of allowing NRIs to cast their votes from overseas and also examine other options to help them cast their votes without hassle.

The Bench, however, asked the EC to try its best to do something in this election. “You still have some time left” said the Bench, asking the EC whether around 12,000 NRIs, who are registered NRI voters, could be allowed to use their franchise through postal ballot in this election.

The court asked the EC to file an affidavit in this regard and posted the case for hearing for April 11.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by NRI, Shamsheer VP, who contended that the existing provision which mandates NRI voter to be physically present in the constituency to exercise his vote was discriminatory and violative of fundamental rights.