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Notification issued for NRI voting in West Bengal

Staff Reporter

KOLKATA: The West Bengal State Election Commission on Friday issued the gazette notification under Rule 8A of the Registration of Electors Rules, 1960, that every overseas Indian citizen from the State who is above 18 years of age and has not acquired citizenship of another country is entitled to have his or her name registered in the electoral roll.

An overseas elector's name will be registered in the electoral roll of the constituency in which his or her place of residence is located as mentioned in ones passport.

The right came into effect from February 10 under Section 20A of the Representation of the People Act, 1950, inserted vide Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2010.

The overseas electors have to submit their applications in Form-6A – that can be downloaded from the State Election Commission's website -- for registration in the electoral roll of the constituency in which their place of residence as shown in the passport is located.

The claim application can be either submitted in person directly to the registration officer of the constituency concerned or sent to the registration by post. Addresses of the registration officers of each of the 294 Assembly constituencies have also been put up on the State commission's website.

Applications sent by post should be accompanied by photocopies of the relevant pages of the passport attested by the competent official of the Indian mission in the country concerned.

The voters, however, have to be individually present on the day of the election as postal ballot is not allowed.

CEO refutes statement

Meanwhile, the State's Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Gupta refuted statements made by a senior official of the Commission on Thursday that overseas elector voting might not finally take place in the State's forthcoming Assembly elections due to constraint of time for completing all technicalities to enrol them in the electoral roll.

“There is no constraint as such at present. The process is already under way with the issuing of notification and we are hopeful of overseas electors successfully voting in the forthcoming elections,” Mr. Gupta said.

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