The Government of India has made it easier to apply for a voter card via the internet and hopes to expand the scope of voter registration, especially for NRIs who no longer need to visit the ERO in India.
Provision for NRIs
Since the year 2010, any overseas elector can get their name on the voter’s list of the constituency for the address present in their passport. The basic criteria are the individual needs to be a citizen of India and must not hold citizenship of any other nation. They must possess a valid Indian passport in order to submit Form 6A. Some other documents and a passport sized photograph need to be attached with the form prior to submission at the ERO through post. The documents as well as the form must come with a copy of a valid Indian passport of the applicant that has been attested by a competent officer of the Indian Mission of the nation where the applicant currently resides.
Applications for election cards can be submitted either in person directly to the registration officer of the concerned constituency or online by NRIs. The addresses of the registered officers for the various assembly constituencies may be found online. The Form 6A for NRI electors will be available under the category of ‘Overseas Electors’ on the electoral sites of their respective states along with the website of the Chief Electoral Officer in case of some states. But first the NRIs need to find their state electoral web page. As soon as they access the concerned site, they are free to proceed with their online voter ID card application process.
- NRIs must first submit scanned copies of important documents as well as their photograph.
- A scan of their Indian passport is also necessary for the page that contains the information on Identity and the Address details of the applicant.
- These documents need to be attested by a qualified officer.
- In the final step, these documents will be downloaded with the Form 6A by officers in India and the processing of their electoral card will commence immediately.
Online Application of Voter Card for NRI
The revision process for the voter list usually takes place between 1st October and 31st October and this is the duration when eligible NRI voters can apply and register themselves for voter cards. The actual announcement of the list occurs on 5th January. But these dates are applicable only for constituencies that are outside the limits of Mangalore City Corporation. In case of the latter, the revision of the voter list will resume from October 16th to the 15th of November. On the 16th of October, the draft voter list is going to be released. Announcement of the final voter card list for these constituencies will happen on the 16th of January, 2013.
Individuals above the age of 18 who are eligible to vote but have not yet registered their names in the voting list may apply by submitting documents that verify their proof of residence and age along with their passport sized photograph.
Even though many people hold photographed voter ID cards, it is better to ensure whether their names are present in the draft voters list. If they find that their names do not show up on the list, they must submit their application afresh.