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Updated: April 24, 2010 14:55 IST

Logistical difficulties in giving voting rights to NRIs: CEC

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Chief Election Commisioner Navin Chawla. File photo
Chief Election Commisioner Navin Chawla. File photo

In a backdrop of the Government’s keenness in granting voting rights to Non-Resident Indians, Chief Election Commissioner Navin Chawla today said there were ‘logistical difficulties’ in implementing the proposal.

There were “logistical difficulties” in reaching the NRIs as they were not confined to just one particular place, he told reporters here at the airport en route to Tiruchi.

He also said some statutory changes had to be made in the relevant Act to allow NRIs to vote.

Mr. Chawla said the commission had written to the Centre on the NRI voting issue.

To a query, he said notices had been issued to 16 political parties asking them to furnish details by the month end on the poll expenses incurred during Lok Sabha elections last year.

The government had told Rajya Sabha on Thursday that it intended to confer voting rights on Indian passport holders working and living abroad.

Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said the matter will be taken up with the EC, noting the Prime Minister has already said it was under the government’s consideration.

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