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Union Cabinet on Wednesday agreed to amend the electoral laws to let NRIs nominate persons to vote on their behalf in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.The Centre’s nod for `proxy’ voting rights for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) as a major step towards full democratic empowerment.
Need for Proxy voting
For millions of Indians working abroad the Cabinet decision, if implemented after getting Parliament approval, would be a major achievement.
Concerns over the proxy system
- The proxy voting would lead to gross electoral abuse, particularly in the traditionally small-margin Assembly constituencies.
- The nomination system would help parties to `buy votes’ from the NRIs’ nominees.
Alternative method instead of Proxy
- Mahe residents have for long been voting online in the French elections.
- The government to make Aadhaar mandatory for all, including the NRIs, for voting. And, the NRIs should be allowed to do e-voting from their workplaces overseas using the Aadhaar number.
Source : The Hindu
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