The Election Commission of India has urged the Indian community in South Africa and Mauritius to register as Overseas Voters, who may be allowed to use the electronically transmitted postal ballot system.
A delegation led by the Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra visited South Africa and Mauritius on April 9-19, during which meetings were held with the elections commissions of those countries while they also interacted with the nonresident Indian community.
Chandra urged the NRIs to register as overseas voters.
Indian citizens who are out of the country due to education or employment purposes or NRIs who have not acquired the citizenship of another country have been given the facility to register as overseas or NRI electors. However, the number of registrations has been low. Chandra informed the NRIs that an extension of the Electronically Transmitted Postal Ballot System (ETPBS) facility to overseas voters is being contemplated.