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Fri 8 Jan 2010 04:06 PM

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Indians abroad can soon vote in India polls

Indian PM announces Indians abroad may be able to vote in the next elections in 2014.

Indian prime minister Dr Manmohah Singh has announced that the Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) may soon vote in the elections, and it may happen as early as the next general elections, according to a report.

He made the announcement while speaking at a Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas function on Friday, according to Indian news channel NDTV.

The Government of India recognizes 7-9 January as the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (Hindi: Pravasi - Non-resident or diaspora, Bharatiya - Indian, Divas - day), 9 January being the arrival of Mahatama Gandhi in india from South Africa.

The occasion is marked by special programs to recognize the contributions of NRI/PIO individuals of exceptional merit, felicitate NRI/PIO individuals who have made exceptional contribution in their chosen field/profession [Pravasi Bharatiya Samman (Hindi: NRI/PIO Award)] and provide a forum to discuss issues and concerns that people of the diaspora.

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rao 10 years ago

The concept is going on so many years, do really NRI's interested to vote. does the Indian government really bothered about the workers who are working 10 hours a day, specially 40 to 50 years of aged. I have an brilliant idea to bring all the politicians to dubai and make them to work for 8 to 10 hours a day atleast for 1 month during peak summer. I am sure they will never enter in politics in their life. these votings are only useful when comforts are there. not to poor workers who are the real pride for the economy and country. I had seen many blue collar workers are laid off and searching for jobs to survive day to day.

NM 10 years ago

Dear NRIs, PM didn't mean that we can all vote from outside India. We have to be in our country at the time to vote. What's the big deal here?. It has been already possible for any NRI in India at at the time of an election to vote, provided he held an election card (like I do).