I am an NRI.I have not yet registered for voting. Can I vote in 2019 elections ?






Annamalai Annamalai
Answered on February 11,2019

You are eligible to vote, if you meet the all of the following criteria.

  • You should be a citizen of India, absent from the country owing to employment, education etc, has not acquired citizenship of any other country and are otherwise eligible to be registered as a voter in the address mentioned in your passport.
  • You must be at least 18 years as on January 1st of the year in which the electoral roll is published.

Once you fulfil these conditions, you can register yourself as an overseas voter. You can do it offline as well as online mode.

Offline Registration of NRI voter

  • Visit the Election Registration Office. 
  • Fill out form Form 6A. Documents required includes 
    • One recent passport size coloured photograph affixed in Form 6A.
    • Self attested photocopies of the relevant pages of the passport containing photograph, address in India and all other
    • The page of passport containing the valid visa endorsement
  • You will need to show your original passport for verification.
  • Submit the form along with required documents.

Online Registration of NRI voter

  • Visit National Voter Service Portal
  • Click on "Apply online for registration of overseas voter- Form 6A"
  • Upload the required documents.Documents required includes 
    • One recent passport size coloured photograph affixed in Form 6A.
    • Self attested photocopies of the relevant pages of the passport containing photograph, address in India and all other
    • The page of passport containing the valid visa endorsement
  • Submit the form.

Once you have submitted the application, verification process will start. Verification process includes the following.

  • Booth Level Officer will visit the home address mentioned in your passport and enquire to verify the copies of documents
  • In cases where no relative is available or willing to give declaration for verification of documents, the documents will be sent for verification to the concerned Indian Mission
  • Decision of the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) will be communicated to you by post on the address and SMS on the mobile number given in Form 6A. Electoral rolls are also on the website of the Chief Electoral Officer
  • Name of overseas elector is included in a separate section for “Overseas Electors” which is the last section of the roll of each polling station area
  • You can use Form-8 for making any correction in electoral roll


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