As the government said that it was on the course of amending the law, the court adjourned the hearing by eight weeks. The court was told of the steps being taken by the government in the course of the hearing of pleas by the petitioners Nagender Chindam, Naresh Kumar Hanchate and Shamsheer V.P. Seeking to expititethe entire matter, senior counsel Dushyant Dave appearing for the petitioners said that 20 percent of the voters from Kerala are NRIs and their contribution to the national economy was immense. "NRIs from Kerala contributes so much for India," he said.
The apex court on January 12 had asked the central government to take steps for the implementation of e-voting by the NRIs as the government then had told the court that it has accepted the recommendation by the Election Commission to allow NRIs to exercise their vote from where ever they are located. The 12-member Committee for Exploring Feasibility of Alternative Options for Voting by Overseas Electors, set up by the poll panel, had recommended that NRIs staying overseas could be permitted to cast their vote electronically or by proxy. It had however rejected the feasibility of NRIs exercising their franchise at the diplomatic missions. The committee had also did not favour internet voting till appropriate technology/IT applications and all other vulnerabilities are addressed.