The petition regarding NRI voting rights can be signed by accessing the link below..
The Mumbai Attacks on 26th November highlighted the ineffective and
inefficient State Legislature and Parliament, especially with regards to
complete lack of co-ordination in organizing an immediate rescue
preparedness to solicit support of the international community and
highlight the country's position in the wake of a national terror
a totally mismanaged defense budget with the armed and police forces
being very poorly equipped and trained, and
an extremely indifferent attitude to the way domestic security and
national intelligence infrastructure is monitored
These individuals, however, are in the position of power because of our
choice - either an explicit choice expressed by our vote or an implicit
choice in the absence of our vote. It is thus up to each one of us to
ensure that we exercise our franchise and weed out the non performing
social servants from our houses of power.
AT PRESENT THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA DOES NOT ALLOW NRIs TO BE ABLE TO
VOTE. HOWEVER, THERE IS A BILL IN THE PARLIAMENT FOR THE LAST TWO YEARS
WHICH ADDRESSES THIS VERY POINT. The Representation of the People
(Amendment), 2006 Bill proposes that NRIs be registered and permitted to
vote. THE TERM OF THE 14th LOK SABHA EXPIRES IN MAY 2009. If the amendments
to the Representation of the People Act are not enacted before the expiry
of the term of the current government, the Indian diaspora will yet again
be devoid of its right to vote in the General elections of the country, not
to mention that the Bill will go into suspension. The new government and
Parliament will have to take up the issue afresh again.
We, therefore need to ensure at the earliest that the revised Bill IS
introduced in Parliament and enacted as a priority in the upcoming budget
session of the Parliament (budget session of 2009)
To help us get the Bill enacted please sign this petition. Please forward
this email to all NRIs you know.
Looking forward to full hearted support from each one of you,
PS: The bill can be found on
and a copy of the Standing Committee's report can be found on