Five NRIs to excercise their fraanchise
Five Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), hailing from Gujarat, are slated to exercise their franchise in the state assembly elections, scheduled to be held in two phases in December 13 and 17.
Kutch district has as many as 25,000 NRIs living in various countries. Ratanbai Premji Patel, a Kenya-based NRI, hails from Rampur Vekra village of Mandavi taluka in Kutch district. She has already submitted necessary forms to the returning officer concerned.
Apart from her, other four NRI voters belong to various other countries.
The Election Commission has already issued guidelines for enrollment of names of NRIs in the rolls. As per the guidelines, the citizens of India living abroad, who have not acquired the citizenship of any other country, can make an application in Form 6A directly to the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) of the constituency within which the place of residence of the applicant as given in the valid passport falls.