CEC urges Indian diaspora to register as overseas voters

New Delhi: Chief Election Commissioner of India, Sushil Chandra urged the Indian community living in South Africa and Mauritius to register as overseas voters, as the present numbers are abysmally low.

He also shared with the members that the extension of the Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) facility to overseas voters is being contemplated. The CEC recently visited South Africa and Mauritius.

During this visit, a series of meetings were held with the Election Commission of South Africa and Mauritius as well as interactions with the large NRI community in the two countries. Both Election Management Bodies (EMBs) are also MoU partners with ECI.

During the visit to the two countries, a briefing-cum-interaction was organized with the NRI community at Cape Town and Johannesburg, and at Port Louis. He said, over the past few years, Indian elections have made steady progress towards making elections inclusive and accessible which has led to greater participation of women, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens in Indian elections.

Of the 1.26 crore Indians residing overseas, only a little over 1,00,000 are registered as voters with the Election Commission of India, people familiar with the matter said.

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