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New Delhi Correspondent
The Indian government has told the Supreme Court that a Bill to amend the electoral law is likely to be tabled in the Rajya Sabha, the Upper House, in the winter session of parliament beginning next week to allow Non-Resident Indians to exercise their franchise through postal or e-ballots.
Additional Solicitor General A N S Nadkarni, appearing for the Indian government, told this a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta on Friday when it was hearing petitions filed by a London-based Pravasi Bharat organisation and other Non Resident Indians (NRIs).
The Bill has already been passed by the Lok Sabha, the Lower House of parliament.
The petitions have said that 114 countries, including 20 in Asia, have adopted postal or e-voting which could be held by setting up polling booths at diplomatic missions or through postal, proxy or electronic voting.
In July last year, Attorney General K K Venugopal had told the court that a Bill was needed to be in parliament to amend the People Representation Act to grant the voting rights to NRIs.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) is also agreeable to the report of a panel that NRIs might be allowed to vote.
At present, India allows proxy voting by defence personnel.