E-voting scope may be expanded

PTI
Published Oct 2, 2015, 11:20 am IST
Updated Mar 27, 2019, 3:25 pm IST
Such law is based on a legal framework drawn up by a panel consisting EC, MEA & law ministry
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New Delhi: The feasibility of granting domestic migrant workers alternative voting facility along the lines of overseas Indians and service voters will be considered by an inter-ministerial group.

A draft law ministry Cabinet note on amending one section each of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 and 1951, to allow overseas Indians and service voters to vote via electronic means has been referred to a group of ministers (GoM) headed by finance minister Arun Jaitley.

 

While referring the matter to the GoM, the Prime Minister’s Office also asked it to examine the feasibility of granting similar rights to domestic migrant workers, sources said.

Besides Mr Jaitley, law minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, transport minister Nitin Gadkari, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and commerce minister Nirmala Sitharaman are some of the other members of the panel.

The proposal to grant voting rights via electronic means to overseas Indians is based on a legal framework drawn up by a panel consisting of officials from Election Commission, the law ministry and external affairs ministry.

 

The government had later decided to include service voters in the category. In the Rajya Sabha recently, several members had slammed the government for ignoring migrant workers. But Election Commission sources said on Thursday that granting similar rights to migrant workers was a difficult task.

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