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Union Government to allow e-Postal Ballot System for Overseas electors

Union Government is going to allow e-Postal Ballot System and Proxy voting to Overseas electors as an alternative voting option.

This information was given by Union Law Minister Sadananda Gowda in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

Key facts

  • The e-Postal Ballot System: It envisages providing blank ballots electronically to the Non Resident Indian (NRI) voters and thereafter after casting vote they can return it by normal post.
  • Proxy voting: It would allow such overseas voters to appoint a proxy after following certain formalities and exercise his/her franchise.

However to give legal status this proposal, amendment are to be made in The Representation of the People Act (RPA), 1950 and 1951. But time frame to implement it will come after approval of amendment to RPA by both the Houses of the Parliament.

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Saudi Arabia for 1st time allows women to vote in local elections

Saudi Arabia has allowed women to vote and become candidates in local elections for the first time in the history of male dominated country.

In this regard, Saudi authorities allowed 979 women among the 6,917 registered candidates to campaign for 284 municipal councils as per the royal decree issued in 2011.

Earlier Saudi Arabia had held municipal elections in 2005 and 2011 in the transitional phase undertaken monarchy but only men were allowed to take part.

Thus by allowing participation of women in the municipal elections Saudi Arabian government apparently is showing other countries that social participation of its women is expanding.

Presently, women make up one fourth of the country’s Shura Council which is an unelected body appointed by the king to propose laws for government but cannot pass them.

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