HT Image
HT Image

Voting for NRI Sabha to go online

The NRIs may soon be able to cast their vote to elect the president of NRI Sabha at the click of the mouse. The Sabha has been contemplating introduction of online voting system during the next elections so that the members don't have to make personal visits.
By Jasdeep Singh Malhotra | Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
UPDATED ON JUN 29, 2012 04:25 PM IST

The NRIs may soon be able to cast their vote to elect the president of NRI Sabha at the click of the mouse. The Sabha has been contemplating introduction of online voting system during the next elections so that the members don't have to make personal visits, sabha chairman SR Ladhar, who is also Jalandhar divisional commissioner, told Hindustan Times here on Thursday. The polls are likely to be held near Diwali.


Ladhar, after presiding over a meeting of NRIs and former sabha office-bearers, said the process to develop the software for conducting online elections was being started. "We will issue identity and password to each NRI member to enable them to cast his or her vote online. Even the NRIs, on a visit to India, will not be required to stand in queues," he said.

Besides, the concept of NRI nominee, currently entitled to cast vote on behalf of the NRI member over the latter's inability to personally participate in the polls, would be abolished after the online voting system is introduced, he added.

As a part of series of poll reforms, the sabha also agreed in principle to adopt election pattern of the Election Commission. The returning officer, appointed by the sabha chairman, would issue the poll notification, describing the last date of submission of nomination papers by the candidates, date and time of scrutiny, last date of withdrawal and date of issuance of poll symbol. "Subsequently, the eligible candidates will be given one week for canvassing or to take legal remedy in case nomination of an ineligible person was accepted by the RO," Ladhar added.
The present election procedure is very cumbersome. Firstly, it's the duty of the RO to evolve consensus for one candidate through negotiations during a general house meeting.

On failure to build consensus, an aspirant will require fetching 10% votes of the members or their nominees present in the general house meeting that too by raising hands before being declared "eligible" for entering the fray. The nomination papers will then be submitted to the RO and polling would be held. "In such a scenario, the RO might not be able to apply his or her mind in verifying the documents attached with the nomination papers," he added.

Interestingly, Jagvir Singh Shergill, a US citizen, in a complaint to the union home secretary had alleged that Kamaljit Singh Hayre, a British citizen and OCI cardholder, had been elected as Sabha president in violation of the Indian Citizen Act and the Constitution. The role of the poll officials came under scanner following their decision to allow Hayre to contest the polls.

Since polls would be held after five months, it was decided to constitute a 20-member advisory committee to redress the grievances of the expatriate community, Ladhar said, adding that the panel would also hold monthly sangat darshans.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
app
Close
HT Image
HT Image

2 cases of adverse reaction to vaccine reported in Pune dist

By Steffy Thevar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:45 PM IST
PUNE Pune district has reported two “serious” cases of adverse effects following the Covid-19 immunisation (AEFI), in which two female auxiliary nurses/midwives required hospital admission
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Pune dist reports 303 new Covid-19 cases, 4 deaths

By Namrata Devikar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:45 PM IST
PUNE The district reported 303 new Covid-19 cases and four deaths on Monday, according to the state health department
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Pune district’s positivity rate rises to 7.4%

By Steffy Thevar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:45 PM IST
PUNE The positivity rate of Pune district has increased to 7
Close
HT Image
HT Image

SII to dispatch Covishield to multiple countries by month-end

By Steffy Thevar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:44 PM IST
PUNE The city-based Serum Institute of India (SII), largest vaccine manufacturer, has provided 11 million Covishield doses to the central government
Close
HT Image
HT Image

Vaccination drive to resume in Punr from today

By Namrata Devikar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:44 PM IST
PUNE After a gap of two days, the Covid-19 inoculation drive will resume in the city and the rest of the district on Tuesday
Close
HT Image
HT Image

205 healthcare workers get Covid vaccine jab at NDA Khadakwasla

By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 18, 2021 09:43 PM IST
PUNE At least 205 healthcare and frontline workers were vaccinated at the National Defence Academy (NDA) Khadakwasla on Monday
Close
HT Image
HT Image

State’s three-tier sports plan for athletes aims to negate months lost to pandemic

By Jigar Hindocha
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 07:51 PM IST
PUNE After a pandemic-impacted year – the Maharashtra state sports department is ready to change gears as far as sporting activities go
Close
HT Image
HT Image

IMD to use three models to better weather forecasts

By Namrata Devikar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 06:22 PM IST
Pune: For more accurate weather forecasts in 2021, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) will be using data from three weather prediction models
Close
The Covid-19 vaccination centre at Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar wears a deserted look on Sunday after the process was suspended till Tuesday. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)
The Covid-19 vaccination centre at Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar wears a deserted look on Sunday after the process was suspended till Tuesday. (Satish Bate/HT Photo)

Vaccine here, but don’t let guard down: Mumbai civic body

By Mehul R Thakkar
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 05:23 PM IST
Immediate dip in daily case count unlikely, will take 3-4 months to see vaccine’s impact, say civic officials
Close
4 robbers held after encounter in Punjab’s border town of Patti; fifth dies of drug overdose
4 robbers held after encounter in Punjab’s border town of Patti; fifth dies of drug overdose

4 robbers held after encounter in Punjab’s border town of Patti; fifth dies of drug overdose

By Anil Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 05:22 PM IST
Two police personnel among six injured in firing; accused, who faced about 50 criminal cases, had committed six robberies in past 24 hours.
Close
When a person makes his/her Will, s/he is declaring how assets and properties are disbursed, and to whom, after his/her death. (GETTY IMAGES (FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSE ONLY))
When a person makes his/her Will, s/he is declaring how assets and properties are disbursed, and to whom, after his/her death. (GETTY IMAGES (FOR REPRESENTATIONAL PURPOSE ONLY))

Five steps to creating and registering a Last Will & Testament

By Prachi Bari
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 05:02 PM IST
When a person makes his/her Will, s/he is declaring how assets and properties are disbursed, and to whom, after his/her death. The Will is a legal document. It can be handwritten, or typed, on any document and not just stamp paper.
Close
The 35-year-old woman and her sons, aged 12 and five, were found dead after the door to their room was forced open at Hamadwala Uttad village in Ferozepur district on Monday morning. (Representational image)
The 35-year-old woman and her sons, aged 12 and five, were found dead after the door to their room was forced open at Hamadwala Uttad village in Ferozepur district on Monday morning. (Representational image)

Mother, sons suffocated to death as they sleep with angithi in room

By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:55 PM IST
Three members of a family, including two children, died of suffocation as they slept with a coal-brazier (angithi) to keep themselves warm in a room at Hamadwala Uttad village in Ferozepur district on Sunday night
Close
Police take action against persons not wearing a mask at Mukundnagar in Pune in September, 2020. (HT)
Police take action against persons not wearing a mask at Mukundnagar in Pune in September, 2020. (HT)

Monday Musings: Should the police act or not? When the law is made to order

PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:40 PM IST
In Pune, as many as 28,000 people have violated rules such as not wearing masks, stepping out of home during curfew orders, and keeping shops open beyond deadlines. The police action has caused an uproar, says Yogesh Joshi
Close
The beating the retreat ceremony, a coordinated drill of the Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers, was held on Independence Day last year without any spectators. (PTI file photo)
The beating the retreat ceremony, a coordinated drill of the Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers, was held on Independence Day last year without any spectators. (PTI file photo)

No spectators at Attari border on Republic Day amid Covid pandemic

By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:26 PM IST
BSF officials say decision on conducting coordinated parade with Pakistan at joint check post will be taken soon
Close
The boy's father, a labourer, is absconding. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Archive)
The boy's father, a labourer, is absconding. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Archive)

Hyderabad man sets 10-year-old son ablaze for not studying

PTI, Hyderabad
PUBLISHED ON JAN 18, 2021 04:01 PM IST
The boy suffered 60 per cent burns and is undergoing treatment in a government hospital
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP