Kolkata: The Election Commission on Friday
issued notification inviting applications from overseas
electors who have completed 18 years of age to get registered
in the electoral rolls.
The notification issued under Rule 8A of the Registration
of Electors Rules, 1960 stated that overseas electors having
residence in West Bengal and completing 18 years of age as on
January 01, 2011 may submit applications in Form-6A for
registering their names in the electoral roll, the state`s
Chief Electoral Officer, Sunil Gupta, said quoting the
The claim application in Form-6A may either be submitted
in person directly to the registration officer of the
constituency concerned or sent to a registration officer by
post along with documents mentioned in Form-6A and the
guidelines, he said.
The CEO said addresses of the registration officers of
each of the 294 Assembly constituencies in the state of West
Bengal could be seen on the website www.ceowestbengal.nic.in.
The provision for overseas electors to get their names
registered in the electoral list was included after amending
the Section-20A of the Representation of People Act, 1950 last
It came into effect from February 10, 2011.
The CEO, however, clarified that the overseas electors
would not be allowed to cast their votes by post.
Once the procedures are completed, overseas electors
could be able to enroll their names in the electoral roll and
said there was time enough for the process to be completed
before the Assembly elections due in three months time.