The Lok Sabha on Monday, 20th December 2021 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”.
The bill also It also seeks to allow the electoral registration officers to ask for Aadhaar numbers from such 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.
The bill also 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.
According to the amendment 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 also allow the elections to become gender-neutral for service voters as it will also help replace the word “wife” with the word “spouse” making the statutes gender-neutral”.
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