Are you an Indian expatriate in the UAE keen on participating in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections? Even if you’re miles away from home, you can still be an active part of the democratic process by registering as an overseas voter.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has simplified the process for non-resident Indians (NRIs) to register as voters and cast their ballots. However, it’s important to note that while you can get your name on the electoral roll while abroad, you’ll need to travel to your constituency in India to actually vote.

Here’s a straightforward guide on how you can register as an overseas voter:

**When are the elections?**

The Lok Sabha elections are scheduled to run from April 19 to June 1, 2024, according to the Election Commission of India (ECI).

**Who can register as an overseas voter?**

You can enroll as an NRI voter or overseas elector if you are a citizen of India, currently residing abroad due to employment, education, etc., have not acquired citizenship of any other country, and are otherwise eligible to be registered as a voter at the address mentioned in your passport.

The registration process can be completed both online and offline.

**Step 1: Get your documents ready**

1. A recent passport-sized colored photograph, to be affixed to Form 6A.

2. Self-attested photocopies of relevant passport pages containing your photograph, address in India, and other details. You’ll need to sign each copy provided.

3. The page of your passport containing a valid visa.

**Step 2: Find your constituency**

Discover the name of your constituency and part in the district or state of residence by visiting the Election Commission of India’s website –

**Step 3: Fill out Form-6A**

You’ll need to fill out Form-6A ‘Application for inclusion of name in Electoral Roll by an overseas elector’.

– Complete it online by visiting the Voter Portal Service website –

– Alternatively, download the form from the ECI website –, fill it out in duplicate, and send it to the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO).

– You can also complete the form in person with the ERO or Assistant ERO of the constituency, ensuring you have your passport with you.

– You can also obtain the form free of charge from the Consulate General of India.

The form requires basic details about you, such as your name, date of birth, place of birth, constituency, address, passport, and visa details.

**What happens after form submission: The verification process**

1. A Booth Level Officer will visit the home address mentioned in your passport to verify the copies of documents.

2. In cases where no relative is available or willing to provide a declaration for document verification, the documents will be sent to the concerned Indian Mission for verification.

When you go to vote, remember to bring your original passport with you, as it needs to be presented at the polling station.