Chandigarh: Non-resident Indians (NRIs), desirous of voting in Indian
elections, can apply to be registered as voters at their place of
residence in the country if they are otherwise eligible, officials
"Every overseas elector, i.e., Indian citizen who is absent from
his place of ordinary residence in India owing to employment,
education or otherwise, and has not acquired citizenship of any
other country and who is not included in the electoral roll, is
entitled to have his/her name registered in the electoral roll of
the constituency in which his/her place of residence in India as
mentioned in his/her passport is located," said Punjab's chief
electoral officer Kusumjit Sidhu, quoting the amendment of the
Representation of People's Act.
"In terms of rule 8A of the Registration of Electors Rules, 1960,
every overseas elector whose place of residence in India is
located in the state of Punjab, who has completed 18 years of age
as on 01.01.2011, and is desirous of registering his/her name in
the electoral roll, is invited hereby to submit claim application
in Form 6-A for registration in the electoral roll of the
constituency in which his/her place of residence as shown in the
passport is located," she said, in a statement issued here.
Punjab has hundreds of NRIs living in other countries, especially
US, Britain, Canada, the Gulf countries, Australia, New Zealand,
south-east Asia and Europe.
Sidhu added that the claim application (Form-6A) can be either
submitted in person directly to the registration officer of the
constituency concerned or sent to such registration officer by
post along with the documents mentioned.
"When the claim application is sent by post, it should be
accompanied by photocopies of the relevant pages of the passport
duly attested by the competent official of the Indian mission in
the country concerned," she added.