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BREAKING: Lok Sabha Passes Election Laws Amendment Bill To Link Voter ID With Aadhaar

Sneha Rao
20 Dec 2021 9:47 AM GMT
BREAKING: Lok Sabha Passes Election Laws Amendment Bill To Link Voter ID With Aadhaar
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The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Election Laws(Amendment) Bill 2021 to link voter identity cards with Aadhaar.The Bill was passed in a voice vote.The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 seeks to allow electoral registration officers to seek Aadhaar number of people who want to register as voters "for the purpose of establishing the identity".It also seeks to allow the electoral...

The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Election Laws(Amendment) Bill 2021 to link voter identity cards with Aadhaar.

The Bill was passed in a voice vote.

The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 seeks to allow electoral registration officers to seek Aadhaar number of people who want to register as voters "for the purpose of establishing the identity".

It also seeks to allow the electoral registration officers to ask for Aadhaar numbers from "persons already included in the electoral roll for the purposes of authentication of entries in the electoral roll, and to identify registration of the name of the same person in the electoral roll of more than one constituency or more than once in the same constituency".

At the same time, the amendment bill makes it clear that "no application for inclusion of name in the electoral roll shall be denied and no entries in the electoral roll shall be deleted for the inability of an individual to furnish or intimate Aadhaar number due to such sufficient cause as may be prescribed".

The Bill seeks to amend certain sections of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 and 1951.

The Statement of Objects and Reasons of the bill states that Section 23 of the RP Act, 1950 will be amended to allow linking of electoral roll data with the Aadhaar ecosystem "to curb the menace of multiple enrolments of the same person in different places".

Amendment to section 14 of the RP Act, 1950 will allow having four "qualifying" dates for eligible people to register as voters.

As of now, January 1 of every year is the sole qualifying date.

People who turn 18 on or before January 1 can register as voters. Those turning 18 after that have to wait for one whole year to register as voters.

Now, "the 1st day of January, 1st day of April, 1st day of July, and 1st day of October in a calendar year" will be the qualifying dates in relation to the preparation or revision of electoral rolls.

Amendment to section 20 of the RP Act, 1950 and section 60 of the RP Act, 1951 will allow the elections to become gender-neutral for service voters.

The amendment will also help replace the word "wife" with the word "spouse" making the statutes "gender-neutral".

Click here to read the bill

For a detailed story on the LS debate, read this report -  Aadhaar-Voter ID Linking Not Compulsory; Only Voluntary : Law Minister


Follow the live-twitter thread of the debate in Lok Sabha.



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