E-voting will allow 11 million NRIs to vote

As India's government opens up avenues to facilitate electronic voting, over 11 million NRIs and 200,000 defence and paramilitary personnel will be enrolled in the electoral rolls. During a meeting chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and attended by others including Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the issue was discussed, as well as the option of sending ballot papers to services voters or uploading it on Election Commission websites. An option that was considered was sending ballot papers with the vote through courier, which is currently thought to be time consuming. The government was opposed to allowing defence personnel to cast their votes at the constituency of their posting, however the government agrees there is a need to streamline the system of postal ballots as servicemen often complained that they did not get the ballot on time, thus denying them the opportunity to exercise their democratic right. In any event allowing NRIs to vote abroad will make an impact in states like Kerala that has 4 million people abroad.