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Overseas NRI Voters

The Election Commission of India was founded in the year 25th Jan 1950 which was later celebrated as the National Voters Day. The election commission of India is responsible for the administrative process in India. The voters in India have classified into different types out of which one is the Overseas NRI Voter.

Overseas (NRI) Elector

An Overseas NRI elector is a citizen of India who has not acquired any citizenship of any other country and is otherwise eligible to be registered as a voter and who is absent from his place of ordinary residence in India owing to his employment, education or otherwise is eligible to be registered.

According to the provisions of Section 20A of the Representations of the People’s Act of 1950 an NRI who has settled in a foreign land can become an official electoral roll in India.

Eligibility of An Overseas Voter

Any Indian Citizen can be tagged as an Overseas NRI Voter if he/she has attained the age of 18 years on the qualifying date, i.e first date of the month January of the year of revision of the electoral roll and should not be disqualified to be enrolled as an elector.

How To Register For An Overseas Elector

  • Below is the process explaining how to register yourself as an Overseas NRI elector.
  • Visit the official site of the Election Commission of India:www.eci.nic.in
  • Now find out the name of your constituency and the part of the area i.e the district or the state where you live in (residence).
  • Fill in the Enrollment Form. Fill the Form 6A from the website www.nvsp.in
  • You can also receive the Form 6A from the EROs/AEROs Office/Designated Locations/ Authorized Centers if you are applying it offline.
  • Now fill in the form 6A in 2 copies and send it to the Electoral Registration Officer.
  • These forms are available in free of cost in the Indian Missions.

Documents Required

The documents that are required for the registration of Overseas Elector are as follows

  • One recent passport size photograph affixed in Form 6A.
  • The self-attested photocopies of the required pages of the Passport containing the photograph, address of Indian residence and all the other details.
  • The page of the Passport containing the valid Visa endorsement.
  • The documents that are mentioned above must be duly self-attested.
  • Submission Of The Form-  in Person/Post:
  • You can submit the following form either by the Post Service or you can fill in the form in Person with the Electoral Registration Officer/ Assistant R.O. After the submission process, the form goes for the Verification Process.

The Verification Process

  • The Booth officers will visit your residence address that you have mentioned while filling up the form. The booth officers will check a few documents of the applicant in this process.
  • If in case there is no relative or is not willing to give any declaration for the verification then these documents are sent to the concerned Indian Mission.
  • The decision of the Electoral Registration Officer will be sent to the mentioned address or mobile number that is mentioned in the Form 6A. This is sent in the form of an SMS or by post. The electoral rolls are also available on the website of Chief Electoral Officer.
  • The names of the Overseas Electors are mentioned at separate column making it easier to spot. This list is usually located at the last section of the roll of each polling station area.
  • Form 8 is used to making the correction in the Electoral Roll.

How To Cast Your Vote?

  • The Overseas Elector are not issued with the Elector Photo Identity Card (EPIC). The person is allowed to cast his/her vote at the polling station by showing off his/her Passport.
  • No use of mobile phones or tablets or any other gadgets in the Polling Booth.
  • Firstly the polling official will check your name in the Voter List and then check your Passport.
  • Then the polling official will put the ink on your finger and proceed to the Polling Booth to cast a vote for your desired candidate.
  • Now record the vote by pressing the button beside the symbol of the candidate of your choice on the Electronic Voting Machine.
  • After you are done with the voting you can hear a beep sound.
  • You can also press NOTA which means None of the Above. If you do not like any candidate. Feel free to press that button. It is present in the last section of the Electronic Voting Machine.


  • No person should be enrolled more than once. If you are enrolling as an Overseas NRI Elector then you need to submit a declaration mentioning that you are not enrolled as a General Elector before.
  • If in case you are registered as a General Voter, you need to surrender your EPIC when you submit Form 6A for registration as an Overseas Voter.
  • When you return back to India then you can register yourself as a General Voter at your original place of residence and get the enrollment as Overseas Elector deleted.

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