The government is considering the issue of granting voting rights to Non-Resident Indians and suggestions have been submitted to the Election Commission on the matter, Union minister for overseas Indian affairs Vayalar Ravi said on Sunday.

Speaking to reporters here, he said there was a provision in the existing rules which said that a person not residing in the country for more than six months will have no right to vote.

The law ministry and overseas Indian affairs ministry had suggested to the Election Commission that NRIs could apply for vote through e-mail if they possessed Indian passports, Ravi said.

Like in the case of regular voters, the suggestion was that political parties could register complaints in case of doubts in the identity of any voter, he said.

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