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Old August 31st, 2010, 09:59 PM
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Thumbs up Congress at work - Now NRIs can vote

All those who just criticize Congress will get one more chance to again find fault with this good step!

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Bill for Providing Voting Rights to NRIs Passed

Non-resident Indians (NRIs) will now have a right to vote in elections, with Parliament today passing the relevant bill, even as government promised to bring in comprehensive electoral reforms legislation soon.

Replying to a debate on the Representation of People (Amendment) Bill, 2010 to allow NRIs to exercise their franchise in Indian elections, Law Minister M Veerappa Moily said the government would hold a national consultation on comprehensive electoral reforms in two to three months.

Rajya Sabha had passed the bill yesterday.

"The Ministry is making all round efforts for comprehensive electoral reforms and we want to hold a national consultation on it in two to three months time," Moily said, responding to the demand for complete electoral reforms from members.

He said the Election Commission had in its report on electoral reforms made 22 recommendations of which six had already been implemented.

The rest of the recommendations, he said, were currently being examined by a department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee and it would be taken up for implementation later.

Moily said the House had no "dispute" over the need for providing voting rights to NRIs, but members had views on the modalities for allowing that right, which would be addressed separately.

Describing the current amendment to the law as long awaited, he said the current bill aimed to provide rights to those Indians, who had gone abroad for employment or education but have not obtained citizenship of the country they were residing now, to get registered in the electoral rolls and vote in elections to legislatures and Parliament.

Noting that 25 million Indians living broad were not able to participate in elections to the country's legislative bodies, he said 25 nations globally had accorded such a right to its citizens living away from home country and that this right would not be unique for India.

Responding to members's queries on the bill, Moily said internet voting was one option that the government would consider in the future once technical expertise and infrastructure was in place within the country, adding that such a facility was yet to be introduced in India.

"Let us look forward to that day," he said, supporting the suggestion made by members.

He said NRIs would be allowed to register as voters in the constituency from where they had obtained their passports "to avoid multiplicity of registering in voters list."

The Minister supported the option of registering in any constituency for NRIs irrespective of their passport address, but that issue would be resolved after finding a way to avoid "multiplicity" of registration.

On the coverage of the entire voting population under the Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC), he said that would have been the "ideal state" and that the government would make all efforts towards that.

Earlier, participating in the debate, Uday Singh (BJP) said while the Election Commission had made comprehensive suggestions for electoral reforms, the government had chosen selectively those that suited them for implementation.

He also appealed to the Minister not to link registration in voters list to the passport address and allow their names to be included in electoral rolls in any constituency.

Singh wanted the Unique Identity Card to be used voters identity and citizenship card.

P T Thomas (Cong) wanted the Minister to clarify if NRIs would be allowed to contest polls. But the Minister had already clarified in the Rajya Sabha that it would not be permitted.

T K S Elangovan (DMK) wanted to know if the election officials would have powers to delete names of NRIs from voters list if they changed their passport address and if punitive action would be taken against them if they did so arbitrarily.

B Mahtab (BJD) said it would be impossible for the NRIs to spend lakhs of rupees to visit India only to vote in elections and suggested that some other mode of voting should be allowed for them.
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Old August 31st, 2010, 10:06 PM
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Re: Congress at work - Now NRIs can vote

Now the votebanks could be -

US, UK - BJP
Middle East Congress
Malaysia, Singapore - DMK
Canada - Akali Dal
Australia - ???
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Old August 31st, 2010, 10:13 PM
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Re: Congress at work - Now NRIs can vote

Good move, NRIs should have right to vote, India’s first prime minister had British citizenship so why not these people.

Hope soon defense would also get right to vote

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Now that means that Kangress will also have legal access to foreign funding If people can vote then can also pay!
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Now that means that Kangress will also have legal access to foreign funding If people can vote then can also pay!
And BJP will just garner good will from BJP supporting NRIs, is it?
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India’s first prime minister had British citizenship
eh? you referring to Nehru? Surprise!


good move. People who have not been in the country since last 20 years for more than 15 days at a time will now be able to contribute to how the country is run... hmmmm
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eh? you referring to Nehru? Surprise!


good move. People who have not been in the country since last 20 years for more than 15 days at a time will now be able to contribute to how the country is run... hmmmm
How to does it matter? Only GOD knows how India runs.

- terrorism (read moslems) supported by our own Govt
- zero patriotism in leaders
- corrupt MPs,MLAs, Sonias etc
- high poverty

Only thing that is keeping this country together are the middle class or higher class hindus IMHO.

Let the NRIs contribute. The polls are rigged anyways
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eh? you referring to Nehru? Surprise!


good move. People who have not been in the country since last 20 years for more than 15 days at a time will now be able to contribute to how the country is run... hmmmm
perhaps you didnt notice; they are allowing voting rights to people who hold Indian Passports. I wonder how many have left India 20 years ago and still hold an Indian passport!

If they have held, they really felt the need to. So, there is nothing wrong in giving people who hold Indian passports to vote.

I think this was discussed on EC before; this is not coming as a surprise. look at the news below.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/w...ow/5425561.cms
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perhaps you didnt notice; they are allowing voting rights to people who hold Indian Passports. I wonder how many have left India 20 years ago and still hold an Indian passport!

If they have held, they really felt the need to. So, there is nothing wrong in giving people who hold Indian passports to vote.

I think this was discussed on EC before; this is not coming as a surprise. look at the news below.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/w...ow/5425561.cms
Right. This electoral reform has been under consideration for quite some time by various governments. Also, it would only be restoring one of the basic rights of a citizen.
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Voting rights could be extended to Indian passport holders while holders of Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) cards would not be eligible. "We seek the active involvement of overseas Indian communities in accelerating the pace of our economic and social development," Singh said.
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How to does it matter? Only GOD knows how India runs.

- terrorism (read moslems) supported by our own Govt
- zero patriotism in leaders
- corrupt MPs,MLAs, Sonias etc
- high poverty
- Some of those "literate" people who study here, then make it good abroad and spend their life abusing the motherland - can't stay here, can't keep away.

Only thing that is keeping this country together are the middle class or higher class hindus IMHO.

That certainly is not a "humble" opinion. Doesn't reflect well on blue-collar workers like myself You sound like a damned fascist.

Let the NRIs contribute. The polls are rigged anyways
Maybe only God knows how it runs, maybe it is rambharose, but it does give rise to some prodigal sons & daughters.
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Maybe only God knows how it runs, maybe it is rambharose, but it does give rise to some prodigal sons & daughters.
RR read my post properly. I said Middle Class. Now if you dont consider blue collared people middle class then I am sorry.
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eh? you referring to Nehru? Surprise!


good move. People who have not been in the country since last 20 years for more than 15 days at a time will now be able to contribute to how the country is run... hmmmm
Tumko kya problem hai bhai? Person becomes NRI when he spends 6 months abroad, no?
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How to does it matter? Only GOD knows how India runs.

Only thing that is keeping this country together are the middle class or higher class hindus IMHO.

Let the NRIs contribute. The polls are rigged anyways

You didn't mean upper caste hindus, did you?
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Maybe only God knows how it runs, maybe it is rambharose, but it does give rise to some prodigal sons & daughters.
maybe?
this country was, is shall be rambharosey forever
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You didn't mean upper caste hindus, did you?
Not for long anyway; Lallu is giving 10% reservation for poor upper caste hindus so that is another divide.
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RR read my post properly. I said Middle Class. Now if you dont consider blue collared people middle class then I am sorry.
In India girlie, blue collar are NOT middle class. Blue collar is someone earning 2-8k per month, has a family of 6-8 members, does not own an automobile and sends his/her kids to sarkari school.

The middle class's bai is the blue collar worker. The automobile owner's mechanic is blue collar, the bada saheb's typist is blue collar.
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