Non-resident Indians may be able to cast their votes through Internet from overseas as the Election Commission on Monday told the Supreme Court that it is exploring such a possibility. The EC, meanwhile, told a bench headed by Justice K S Radhakrishnan that it is almost impossible to make any such arrangement for NRI to cast their votes from overseas in the ongoing general election as electoral rolls have been concluded in almost all the constituencies.
The bench, however, asked the Commission to do something in this election itself. “You still have time,” the bench said and wondered whether NRIs, who are registered voters, can be allowed to use their franchise through postal ballot. “Why donâ€™t you examine at least this (regarding 11,844 registered NRIs),” it said.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by an NRI Shamsheer VP, who contended that the existing provision which mandates NRI voter to be physically present in the constituency to exercise his vote was discriminatory and violative of fundamental rights.
The Election Commission submitted that it has appointed a committee to explore the possibility of allowing NRIs to cast their votes from overseas. The bench then asked the Commission to file their response and posted the case for hearing on April 11.