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By NewsGram Staff Writer

To offer NRIs the right to exercise their franchise by e-postal ballots or through proxy voting, the government on Tuesday called for an all-party meeting to discuss the proposal.

Law Minister, DV Sadananda Gowda, acknowledged the demand of Opposition parties in the Rajya Sabha that their views should be taken into consideration while enacting legislation to award voting rights to NRIs and domestic migrant labours.

Leader of Opposition, Ghulam Nabi Azad, moved a motion in the house on this issue. Gowda, in response to the motion, said that the government was working on the Election Commission report regarding voting rights of over one crore NRIs and not as directed by the Supreme Court.

The debate heated up as the Opposition members blamed the government that it is acting against the Supreme Court’s directions. Azad said that the Opposition is not against the voting rights for NRIs, but it is the way the government has moved the proposal without even discussing it with the political parties.

“Today government has said goodbye to all consultation process. Parliament is being made aware of developments from newspaper reports. It has become the habit of the government to bypass the Parliament and the standing committees. When we object, we are being criticised,” said Azad.

Gowda stated that the report advocated the options of the e-postal ballot system and proxy voting. “E-postal and postal ballot voting methodologies are being worked out for the voting rights of the NRIs,” he said.

On the other hand, the minister agreed for an all party meeting as insisted by DMK, BJD, CPI, AIADMK, SP and JD-U. Gowda said, “I (will) request Election Commision to hold all party meeting to get their feedback.”

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Facebook to Ban Ads that Urge People Not to Vote Ahead of 2020 US Presidential Election

The new initiative builds on the work Facebook has done over the past year to prevent voter suppression

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"We're continuing to work to make ads more transparent and easier for you to control," Thulasi added. Pixabay

In a bid to maintain the elections’ integrity, Facebook is set to ban ads that urge people not to vote ahead of the 2020 US Presidential election, according to its annual civil rights audit released on Sunday.

Following the 2016 US Presidential election, Facebook faced flak for failure to stop those who used the platform to spread misinformation. Some even published ads telling people not to vote in 2016.

“To protect elections, we have a team across product, engineering, data science, policy, legal and operations dedicated full time to these efforts,” Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said in a blog post announcing the report.

“They’re already working to ban ads that discourage people from voting, and we expect to finalize a new policy and its enforcement before the 2019 gubernatorial elections,” she added.

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In a bid to maintain the elections’ integrity, Facebook is set to ban ads that urge people not to vote. Pixabay

The new initiative builds on the work Facebook has done over the past year to prevent voter suppression.

“This is a direct response to the types of ads we saw on Facebook in 2016,” Sandberg said.

“Just as civil rights groups helped us better prepare for the 2018 elections, their guidance has been key as we prepare for the 2020 Census and upcoming elections around the world,” she added. (IANS)