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Electoral Rolls and Aadhaar

By linking Aadhaar with electoral roll data, the constitutional essence of universal adult franchise is vitiated.


Anupama Roy writes:

Parliament passed the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill (ELB), 2021 with a voice vote amidst opposition from a substantial section of its members. The bill amended the Representation of the People Act, 1950 and 1951 by providing for four qualifying dates for enrolment in the electoral roll, changing the meaning of person in the definition of ordinarily resident to make it gender-neutral and linking the electoral data with Aadhaar to authenticate the electoral roll. Linking of the electoral roll with Aadhaar has generated concerns around privacy of personal data and its impact on electoral integrity. To establish the identity of a person applying for inclusion in the electoral roll, an electoral registration officer may require them to furnish the Aadhaar number. Those whose names are already in the roll must also intimate their Aadhaar numbers in such form and manner before a deadline which would be notified by the central government.

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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