March 2020 \ Diaspora News \ DIASPORA NEWS
Kerala NRI Commission demands voting rights for diaspora

The Kerala Non-Resident Indians’ Commission on Friday ...

  • Dr Shamsheer Vayalil

The Kerala Non-Resident Indians’ Commission on Friday passed a resolution to request the Centre and Election Commission (EC) to make appropriate amendments in the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951, to ensure voting rights to the non-resident Indians working abroad. The Commission is a statutory body constituted for the welfare of Non-Resident Keralites working outside India. The Centre had introduced a bill for this purpose which was passed by the Lok Sabha in 2018, but the same has since lapsed.

Therefore, the Kerala NRI Commission decided to request the Centre to consider introducing the bill in the next session of Parliament considering the interest of the NRI community at large. The resolution was moved by commission member and NRI entrepreneur Shamsheer Vayalil, who is also a petitioner in the writ petition filed regarding this in the Supreme Court.