Responding to reports that the rollout of NRI voting will leave out certain countries to begin with, the CEC Sunil Arora said, “Cannot respond to speculative news coverage. Factually incorrect. It was announced in 2007 by the then PM in the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas. As early as 2015 commission had sent a detailed presentation on the same. This is a reiteration of the same proposal, only difference is that we have travelled a lot in the idea of empowerment. It will be easy for us to implement it.
Adding that the EC has received representations on this issue from many NRIs in the past the CEC said, “Whenever the officers or commission members visit abroad, this is the most aspirational question asked by NRIs. To impute that any one region is being left out is incorrect and I feel distressed by it.”