LINKAGE of AADHAR with VOTERS’ cards being considered

The Centre is considering amending The People Representation Act, 1951, to ensure linkage of Aadhaar with the voter ID to tackle the menace of bogus voters. The Union Ministry for Law and Justice has reportedly informed the decision to Chief Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora. CEC Arora along with the two election commissioners, Ashok Lavasa and Sunil Chandra, met legislative affairs secretary G Narayan Raju and additional secretary Rita Vashishth to discuss pending electoral reforms. The law ministry is working on a Cabinet note to amend existing laws to empower the EC ‘statutory authority’ to collect Aadhaar numbers of both existing voter cardholders and new applicants.  The objective is to clean up electoral rolls, remove duplication, and facilitate migrant workers to vote remotely. The Union law ministry is likely to prepare a Cabinet note soon to amend the Representation of the People Act, 1951. The move is considered crucial to the EC’s larger objective of ridding the electoral roll of all discrepancies. It is also important to the poll panel’s plan to allow domestic migrant workers to vote from anywhere in the country. The panel is considering various technologies, including blockchain, for the same. Livemint says ‘’The developments come in the backdrop of the EC writing to the Centre in August, requesting that the RPA be amended to allow it to seek Aadhaar numbers of those applying to be voters and those who are already part of voters list. In August 2015, the Supreme Court had halted EC’s project to link Aadhaar numbers with voters’ electoral data as part of its National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme’’.

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