The Election Commission recently proposed the use of postal ballot to enable NRIs to cast their votes. This could be done using the ETPBS or Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System. The NRIs got voting rights only in 2011 by an amendment to the Representation of Peoples Act, 1950. Currently, NRIs can only vote in person in the constituency where their residence is located. This often proves to be a costly affair as they have to travel in from overseas for the sole purpose of casting their votes.
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