The Supreme Court has sought the government's response on whether NRIs can vote via postal ballot
The Supreme Court today asked the Centre to apprise it within a week as to whether it is going to amend the election law or rules for enabling non-resident Indians (NRIs) to vote in elections in India.
A bench comprising Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud considered the statement that the Centre and the Election Commission have agreed to the proposal in principle and the only issue is the ways to effect it.
The court also noted the submission that NRIs can be allowed to vote through postal ballot by either changing the Representation of the People Act, 1950 or by amending the rules made under the RP Act.
The Supreme Court was hearing a batch of petitions, including one filed by one Nagender Chindam and another by Shamseer VP, on various issues including if NRIs should be allowed to vote through postal ballot.