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Petition regarding Non Resident Indian's voting rights in the Upcoming General Elections In India

Published on: Wednesday, 14th January 2009 08:49 AM     By      Administrator


Dear Friends,

 

The petition regarding NRI voting rights can be signed by accessing the link below..
http://www.petitiononline.com/VOTENRI/petition.html


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
     mission,
     preparedness  to  solicit  support of the international community and
     highlight  the  country's  position  in the wake of a national terror
     strike,
     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
http://indiagoes2vote.com/resources/Representation+of+People+Act+2006.pdf
and a copy of the Standing Committee's report can be found on

http://indiagoes2vote.com/resources/Standing+Committees+Report+on+the+Bill.pdf