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Should NRIs Be Allowed To Vote?

The voting rights of expatriates differ from nation to nation. While some allow non-residents to vote, some have completely prohibited their voting rights. Currently, there are 115 nations that have granted non-residents voting rights. India joined this list only in 2010.

But the debate remains – Should they be allowed to vote or no? While some say that since they are very much the citizens of India and contribute to the economy – they should be granted the rights. But others feel – hey, they do not even live here, why include them in decisions that don’t even impact them?

While the Government is doing all it can do to include them in the 2019 elections through ‘proxy’ voting since many NRIs typically vote for right-wing parties. Which side of the debate do you favor? Let us know in the comments below.

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