New Delhi (Jagran News Network): The government on Thursday notified rules for non-resident Indians (NRIs) to vote for elections in India. The Registration of Electors (Amendment) Rules, 2011 to great extent also allows NRIs to stand for elections in the country.

The notification is in line with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s address at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas last year mentioning that 11 million-plus NRI community could get the right to vote till the arrival of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

The Representation of the People Act gives NRIs the right to contest elections at large. According to the Act, a person eligible to vote is also eligible to contest. “Since the new rules are silent on this count, it means that NRIs would also be allowed to contest elections,” said an Election Commission official.

“It was an assurance given to NRIs by the Prime Minister. By issuing the revised rules, we are only fulfilling that commitment,” Union Law Minister M Veerappa Moily told an English news daily.

The rule speaks, NRIs holding Indian passports, who have not acquired or applied for citizenship of another country, and who satisfy the electoral verification done by officer of the area/locality cited as mentioned address in his/her passport, will be allowed to vote in elections in India.

The government has also circulated an electoral form that NRIs can fill and send to the electoral officer to be registered for voting.