A bill to extend the facility of proxy voting to overseas Indians, on the lines of service voters, was passed by the Lok Sabha. The bill seeks to amend Representation of People Act (RPA), 1950 and Representation of People Act (RPA), 1951 to allow for proxy voting. The bill proposes that overseas Indians, who are entitled to vote in India , could now appoint a proxy voter to cast their votes. The bill proposes to replace the term 'wife' with 'spouse', thus making the provision gender neutral. According to estimates of the Ministry of External Affairs, there are about 3.10 crore NRIs living in different countries across the world.
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