Thursday, 20 January 2022

Aadhaar - Voter ID Link Proposes Bill

Aadhaar - Voter ID Link Proposes Bill

The union government is expected to table a bill on electoral reforms, including voluntarily linking Voter ID with Aadhaar in Lok Sabha on Monday. This has been a demand by Election Commission ever since 2015.

1) The Election Laws Amendment Bill, 2021, looks to allow electoral registration officers to ask for Aadhaar no of people who want to register as voters "to establish the identity."

2) It also seeks to allow the electoral registration officers to ask for Aadhaar numbers from "persons already included in an electoral roll for authentication of data in the electoral roll, and to recognize registration of the name of the person in the voting roll of more than one constituency or more than one in a same constituency."

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

4) As of now, 1st January of every year is the sole qualifying date. People who turn 18 on or before 1st January can register as voters. Those who turn 18 after that have to wait for one whole year to register as voters.

5) Now, " from the 1st January, 1st April, 1st July and 1st October in a calendar year" will be the qualifying dates for preparing or revising electoral rolls.

6)Amendments to section 20 of RP Act, 1950 and section 60 of the RP Act, 1951 will permit the elections to become gender-neutral for service voters.

7) In March, Ravi Shankar Prasad, former law minister, had told Lok Sabha in a written reply that the poll panel has submitted to link the electoral roll with "Aadhaar ecosystem" with a "view to restrict the menace of multiple enrolments of the same person at different places."

8) In August 2015, a Supreme Court order on Aadhaar had put the brakes on the EC's project to link UIDAI (Aadhaar) number with voters' electoral data to check multiple entries in electoral rolls.

9) According to the EC proposal sent in August 2019, the electoral law should be amended to empower electoral registration officers to seek Aadhaar number of existing voters and those applying to enroll themselves in the voters' list.

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

Aadhaar Voter ID Link Proposes Bill 1Twitter image: @UIDAI

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Link your Aadhaar with your voter ID through the Election Commission website.

Aadhaar-voter ID linking; How to do

Go to website: https://voterportal.eci.gov.in/.

  • First, log in using your mobile number/email ID/Voter ID Number.
  • Enter password.
  • Verify your state, district.
  • Submit your name, date of birth, and father's name.
  • Click on the 'Search' button.
  • If your details match the government database, your details will appear on the screen.
  • Click on the 'Feed Aadhaar No' option visible on the left side of the screen.
  • A pop-up page will emerge where you will have to fill in your name as mentioned in the Aadhaar card, Aadhaar number, voter ID number, registered mobile number, and registered email address.
  • And Press the 'Submit' button.
  • You will get a message alert that your application has been registered successfully.

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