New Delhi / Nivedita Singh. Are you among the 45.36 crore people who stay away from their homes for work or education and hence cannot cast their valuable vote during elections? To deal with this problem, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has come up with a solution. In fact, with a view to finding a technical solution for domestic migrant voters, the Commission has explored the option of using Remote Electronic Voting Machines (RVM or Remote EVMs). Thus the migrant voters will not need to go back to their home district to exercise their right to vote.
However, the opposition parties are not impressed by this. On Monday, the Election Commission held a meeting with all the eight recognized national parties and 57 state political parties, including Janata Dal (United), Shiv Sena, Communist Party of India (CPI) in the national capital to show them the working of the multi-electoral prototype RVM. ), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leaders as well as Independent member of Rajya Sabha and former Congress leader Kapil Sibal also participated.
What is the idea of Election Commission?
The Election Commission has said that the RVM developed by the Electronics Corporation of India, a public sector undertaking, will not be connected to the Internet in any way. In December last year, the Election Commission had said that if this initiative is implemented, it could lead to a ‘social change’ for the migrants. Through each machine, migrant voters living in 72 constituencies will be able to cast their votes from remote polling stations.
How many migrant citizens are there?
No central database exists for domestic migrants living away from their home states within the country. However, according to the poll body, an analysis of data available in the public domain on migrants related to work, marriage and education shows significant components of domestic migration. According to the commission, one-third of the voters do not vote. This means that about 30 crore voters are deprived of voting due to being away from their area or due to some other reason. According to the 2011 census, there are 45.36 crore citizen expatriates in India.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 16, 2023, 22:01 IST