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Rules for expats to enrol in voters’ list

posted Mar 10, 2011, 12:36 PM by ABDUL SALEEM saleem
The Govt of India has eased the procedures for overseas Indian citizens to enrol their names in the electoral list from abroad by allowing them to use self-attested passport copies for registering their names by post.

Earlier, it was compulsory for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to attach copies of their passports attested from embassies or consulates concerned, for which they had to cough out money and spend hours to complete the  process.

Now, the government has clarified that self-attested documents, including passport copies, would be accepted from NRIs to register their names in the voters’ list for the upcoming state assembly elections in four states and a union territory.

The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate in Dubai, which had on February 27 announced the requirement for attested copies from the missions, on Thursday issued a statement clarifying that Form 6A and other documents related to the registration process can be done on a self-attestation basis by overseas electors.

“Therefore, there is no need for attestation of copies of passports by the Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi and Consulate General of India in Dubai,” the Embassy statement said.

The guidelines and addresses of the registration officers of each of the constituencies are available on the website—http://eci.nic.in/eci_main/nri/nri.asp — and the particular form, Form 6A, can be downloaded fromhttp://eci.nic.in/eci_main/nri/Form-6A.pdf

The form, which should be sent to the respective registration officer of the constituency concerned, is also made accessible through the websites of the Indian missions — www.indembassyuae.org andwww.cgidubai.com.

The government revoked the attestation procedure from the missions to avoid the hassles being faced by NRIs which had allegedly resulted in reducing their enthusiasm to enrol. The missions were charging Dh60 for attestation and the Sharjah Indian Association had made this service available for Dh80.

In Dubai, some 500 people got their documents attested from the consulate so far, a spokesperson said. The number of people who availed the service in Abu Dhabi was not immediately available.

Four Indian states — Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala — and Union Territory of Puducherry will go to the polls beginning from April 4.

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