CHENNAI: In a major transfer forward of the following Assembly elections, the DMK on Friday launched its Non Resident Indians (NRIs) Welfare Wing. While TRB Raja, MLA, and son of DMK treasurer TR Baalu would be the secretary of this new wing, celebration MP Dr Senthilkumar and Pudukottai MM Abdulla will probably be joint secretaries of the wing.
The transfer assumes significance within the backdrop of the Election Commission contemplating the thought of allowing postal ballots for NRIs. The DMK has a sizeable variety of supporters amongst NRIs living in numerous international locations.
The formation of the NRI wing can be vital as the forthcoming Assembly elections might flip to be a detailed contest between the 2 Dravidian majors. The DMK misplaced the 2016 Assembly elections by a skinny margin of votes and this time the celebration want to depart no stone unturned to win the elections.
On November 27, the Election Commission wrote to the Union Law Ministry proposing to increase the postal poll facility to NRIs for the Assembly elections in Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. The ECI has to amend the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961 to permit postal ballots for NRIs.
The postal ballots will probably be despatched to NRIs electronically. The NRIs will select their candidate and ship the ballots again by way of publish. This partially digital facility is already accessible for service voters.