With thousands of Indians out in the seas, two major associations related to seafarers in India have asked the Union government to allow these people to cast their franchise through e-vote in the coming Lok Sabha elections.
The Maritime Association of Shipowners Shipmanagers and Agents and the National Union of Seafarers of India have written to the Union Ministry of Shipping to allow seafarers to exercise their right in the elections.
They said the seafarers who are always on the move would not be able to land in a particular port to cast their vote. Moreover, it could not be said that the port that they land would have an Indian embassy where they could cast their vote. As such, these associations have asked to allow the seafarers e-voting, by which they could be part of the democratic system.
The two associations have asked the government to take a favourable decision in this regard so that the seafarers would not miss an opportunity to exercise their right in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
It is estimated that about two lakh seafarers are from India and in this about a lakh are always at their work out in the sea.