Indian government has done a commendable job by giving the facility to enroll your name online to make a voter identity card. This has been really helpful to those, who live outside India, and want to make their vote count in the elections. NRIs can apply for voter identity card, there are some conditions which are to be met before you start to fill your form.
Indian government allows an outside Indian to make his/her voter card, according to the amendment of Representation of the People’s Act of 1950, in the year 2010, applicable from February 2011. According to the Act, any NRI, who doesn’t have citizenship of the country he/she is living in, and above the age 18, can enroll for the voter card. If you’re outside the country due to employment, education, business, family, or anything, it really doesn’t matter, but you shouldn’t have citizenship of that country.
The applicant should have valid Indian passport, and the enrollment of the name would be in the constituency, mentioned in the passport. The NRI is valid for voting in that constituency only.
Procedure to apply for NRI Voter Card:
1) NRIs should fill the form 6A available on your state’s election commission of India website division. You can easily find that by going to http://eci.nic.in/eci_main1/Links.aspx and choosing your respective state or union territory.
2) Now the website will have forms button, either on the left hand side, or on the top, find it and click on it.
3) Click on form 6A, Download it, and Print it.
4) Fill the form according to credentials, attach your mentioned documents, along with the attested copy of your passport. The passport should be attested by competent officer of the Indian Mission of the country where the applicant currently resides.
5) You can scan your form, along with attached documents and attested copy of passport, and send it to your state’s election website’s email.
6) You can also post it to the headquarters of your state or union territory. The address will be on the website.
7) If online registration is supported in your area, then you will have to just fill the details, and a login username and password will be generated. You can complete the procedure there only.
The government has made the procedure easy, but casting vote is still a headache. You need to be physically present on the election booth of your area. Voting by going to the Indian embassy of that country, isn’t possible. No other measures are taken to make it easy for NRIs to cast their vote. Sometimes, it is difficult to travel all the way to India, just for the vote. So election commission should do something regarding this. Nevertheless, NRIs now can register for their voter card with ease. I hope you find this tutorial easy, and will look forward to apply for voter card.