How Indian Expats in the UAE Can Enroll for Voting in Upcoming Lok Sabha Elections?

To be eligible, non-resident Indians can register both online and offline

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Published on April 2, 2024, 16:49:48


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The 2024 Lok Sabha elections in India are on the horizon, commencing on April 19 and concluding on June 1.

Indian expatriates residing in the UAE can register as voters for these elections. To be eligible, non-resident Indians (NRIs) can register both online and offline, but they must physically be present in their respective constituency to cast their vote.

Historically, NRIs were unable to participate in Indian elections until the Representation of People (Amendment) Act of 2010 granted them voting rights. The Election Commission of India has encouraged NRI voters to exercise their franchise this year.

To gain voting rights, NRIs must possess a valid Indian passport and be at least 18 years old as of January 1 of the year the electoral roll is published in their Indian constituency.

For Online Registration

  • Visit the Election Commission of India or the voter portal service website.
  • Choose your state or union territory and access the state election commission section.
  • Download Form 6A, which is specific for overseas voters.
  • Complete the form and affix a passport-sized colored photograph.
  • Scan and upload the filled form along with self-attested photocopies of relevant passport pages and visa endorsements.
  • The application will undergo scrutiny, followed by field verification at your Indian home address.
  • Upon verification, your name will be listed under the "Overseas Electors" section on the ECI website.
  • NRIs do not receive an Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) and are required to vote in person at the designated polling station by presenting their original passport.

For Offline Registration

  • Visit the electoral registration office in the constituency of your residence.
  • Fill out Form 6A and submit it along with the necessary documents, including a recent passport-size photograph and relevant passport pages.
  • Your passport will be verified for authentication.

By following these steps, Indian expatriates in the UAE can actively participate in the democratic process of India's Lok Sabha elections.

The participation of NRIs in the electoral process is a testament to India's dedication to inclusive democracy and reflects its commitment to ensuring that every eligible citizen has a voice in shaping the nation's future.

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