Friday, February 11, 2011

Representation of People (Amendment) Act, 2010

The Representation of the People (Amendment) Act, 2010 (36 of 2010) which seeks to amend the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (43 of 1950) was enacted and published in the Gazette of India on the 22nd September, 2010. The amending Act confer voting rights to citizens of India who are absenting from their place or ordinary residence in India owing to their employment, education or otherwise outside India (whether temporarily or not). Vide the amending Act, they shall be entitled to have their names registered in the electoral roll in the Assembly/Parliamentary constituency in which their place of residence in India as mentioned in their passport is located.

The Central Government, in consultation with the Election Commission prepared and published the Registration of Electors (Amendment) Rules, 2011 on 3rd February, 2011 {S.O 244 (E)} dt. 03.02.2011} {S.O. 306 (E) dt 09.02.2011}. The Central Government has issued necessary notification bringing the Act into force on the 10th day of February, 2011. Accordingly, the rules have also come into force on the 10th day of February, 2011. The overseas Indians can now furnish the documents self attested by them.