I am a student studying outside my native city / place of permanent residence. Can I register to vote from my college?
Yes. As a student, you can register from your college even if you are studying outside your native city / place of permanent residence.
If you are residing in a hostel / mess and do not have an ordinary address proof document, you will have to get a Student Declaration Form signed by your college dean/principal/registrar and submit it along with your voter registration form.
You are also allowed to register from your parent's place of residence, however you CANNOT register from two or more addresses simultaneously. It is always advisable though that you register from your college, since you will spend most of the time in the year at this place.
No. Only a person who is residing in India and who is an ordinary resident at a place is entitled to vote.
There is no provision for NRI citizens to vote. However, non-resident Indian citizens who are Government of India employees, in a post outside India are eligible to be registered as voters, as per the Representation of People's Act 1950.
All those who do not meet the eligibility criteria cannot vote.
Additionally, persons of unsound mind who have been declared so by a competent court or persons disqualified due to 'corrupt practices' or election-related offences cannot register in the electoral rolls. Following are the details:
If any person is convicted under Sections 171 E, 171 F of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) or Sections 125, 135 or 136(a) (2) of the Representations of People's Act 1950, he/she shall be disqualified from voting for 6 years.
Section 171 E of IPC: Offence of Bribery
Section 171 F of IPC: Offence of undue influence or impersonation at an Election
Section 125 of RPA : Offence of promoting enmity between classes in connection with the election
Section 135 of RPA : Offence of removing ballot papers from polling station