NRIs may cast ballot from abroad in Bihar

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Patna: The Bihar polls, due late this year may create history irrespective of the outcome, as the state will become the first to allow non-residential Indians to cast their vote in the elections from their respective places overseas.
The Election Commission (EC) is working closely with the law ministry on a pilot project to facilitate nonresident Indian (NRI) voting in the upcoming polls through either proxy (read nominee) or e-postal ballot.

According to the reports, the poll panel is pushing the government to effect necessary amendments in the Representation of People Act latest by the monsoon session of Parliament, so that the pilot can be tested in Bihar elections. The EC will have to constitute a new assembly in Bihar before November 29.

There are about 1,000 NRIs registered as voters in Bihar. The EC is yet to decide whether the pilot will cover the whole of Bihar or will be limited to a few constituencies. “We can decide that once the amendments come through,” said an official requesting anonymity.

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