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New Delhi: The Election Commission will organise a ‘Matdaata Mahotsav’ during January 14-17 at Central Park in the national capital, ahead of the 6th National Voters’ Day on January 25.

The event will be inaugurated by Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi.

“The event will focus on involving voters and citizens from all walks of life, specifically women, youth, defence personnel, non-resident Indians, persons with disabilities, and those from marginalised sections for enhanced sense of inclusion, greater awareness about the electoral process and strengthening Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation programme (SVEEP),” a release said.

“The voters’ fest will host a national exhibition displaying the good practices on various aspects of election management and also describe the process of elections through interactive models, presentations and exhibits from different parts of the country,” it added.

The Mahotsav would encourage ideas and suggestions for greater and qualitative participation in elections.

This event is being organised with support from partner NGOs, ministries and departments, as well as media partners for greater outreach. (IANS)

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Supreme Court seeks Time Frame for bringing a bill, which will Allow NRI Voting from the Overseas

The bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D.Y.Chandrachud sought to know the time frame after Attorney General K.K.Venugopal told court that a Team of Ministers (ToM) have recommended such an amendment

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  • The Supreme Court sought to know from the time it would require for bringing a bill allowing NRIs vote from their overseas locations
  • The bench sought to know why the government was taking a cumbersome route of amending the electoral act
  • In the last hearing on the matter, former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi had contended that the modalities of NRI voting can be done by amending the Rules and would not require amending the law

New Delhi, July 21, 2017: The Supreme Court on Friday sought to know from the Central government the time it would require for bringing a bill amending the Representation of People Act to allowing NRIs vote from their overseas locations.

The bench of Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice D.Y.Chandrachud sought to know the time frame after Attorney General K.K.Venugopal told the court that a Team of Ministers (ToM) have recommended such an amendment.

The Team of Ministers in their meeting on July 20, 2017, have decided that to “facilitate external modes of voting to the overseas electors, an amendment to the Representation of People Act, 1951 would be required by way of introduction of a Bill in Parliament”, the bench was told.

At this, the bench sought to know why the government was taking a cumbersome route of amending the electoral act when same could be achieved by amending the rules.

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The top court, in the last hearing of the matter, had asked the Central government to take a call whether it wanted to amend the Act or the Rules to decide on the modalities of the NRI voting from abroad.

In the last hearing of the matter, former Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for one of the petitioners, had contended that the modalities of NRI voting can be done by amending the Rules and would not require amending the law.

Appearing for the Election Commission, senior counsel Meenakshi Arora told the bench that by amending the rules, that they can put in place modalities of voting by the overseas electors, but it was necessary to amend the law to create an exception for overseas voters. (IANS)


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