Online voting for NRIs under study: Law Minister Kiren Rijiju

New Delhi: The Government of India was exploring the possibility of allowing online voting for non-resident Indians (NRIs) as well as considering linking Aadhaar with the electoral rolls to check fraudulent voting, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said in the Lok Sabha.

Rijiju also told the House that no questions should be raised about the electronic voting machines (EVMs) and asserted that India’s election system was recognized as “one of the best” in the world.

During the Question Hour, the Minister was responding to a supplementary question, posed by Congress member from Kerala K Muraleedharan, about Pravasi Indians or NRIs being given voting rights.

“Sir, this is a very positive suggestion. And I have told the election commission that we will make provisions. Give us proper suggestions on how we will allow our people who are staying outside and working to be given an opportunity to vote. We are also thinking about how online voting system can be encouraged or done,” Rijiju stated.

“But before taking any decision, we have to ensure safety and transparency of the process and that it is free from malfunctioning,” he noted.

Talking about steps to prevent fraudulent voting and discrepancy in electoral rolls, he observed, “ Linking Aadhaar with the electoral roll is one of the ways. As of now, linking Aadhaar with electoral rolls is voluntary. Our aim is to ensure ‘one nation, one electoral roll’ to check double names in electoral rolls and fraudulent voting and ensure a clean voting process”.

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