Top Court adjourns PIL seeking to allow NRIs to vote in polls through e-ballots, postal ballots

Supreme Court of India,New Delhi

The Top Court on Friday deferred the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) for three months filed seeking Court’s direction to allow non-resident Indians (NRIs) to take part in the electoral process by voting through postal ballot or by e-ballots during elections in the country.

The Top Court bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, comprising Justice Deepak Gupta, adjourned the plea for 90 days after the counsel appearing for the petitioners apprised the court that Union Government is likely to pass the bill allowing NRIs to Vote in the ongoing parliament session.

It should be noted that the ongoing parliament session which was originally slated to end today, July 26, has been extended till August 7.

The Apex Court was hearing the bunch of Petitions filed by Nagender Chindam, chairman of
London-based Pravasi Bharat organization, and other NRIs seeking Top Court’s direction to exercise franchise in the elections.

The pleas filed by the NRIs stated 114 countries across the globe, including 20 Asian countries, have adopted external voting in the elections, that is possible by setting up polling booths at diplomatic missions or through postal, proxy or electronic voting.

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