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SC gives one week to Centre to decide on NRI voting rights

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The Supreme on Friday gave one week to the to take a decision on giving voting rights to the Non-Resident Indians (NRIs).

The said that the has accepted in principle the Commission's October 2014 proposal to give voting rights to the NRIs.

The added that the will tell on coming Friday whether it will amend the Representation of People Act (RP Act) or rules for allowing NRIs to vote.

The decision to allow over 10 million NRIs, of whom 24,348 are registered with the Commission, to vote through a postal ballot will offer expatriates a chance to participate in the country's electoral process without having to be physically present at the polling stations.

If it comes to fruition, the NRIs from states such as Kerala, and Telangana, which have large populations of NRIs, will stand to benefit.

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First Published: Fri, July 14 2017. 15:02 IST