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Parties Want Voters List To Be Linked With Aadhaar To Remove Duplicates

Some political parties, including the ruling BJP,  urged the Election Commission today to link Aadhaar number of voters with electoral rolls to weed out duplicate names, the poll panel said.

"Political parties urged
the Commission to link Aadhaar numbers with electors' detail for better electoral roll management," an EC statement said here after an all-party meet convened by it ahead of the Assembly polls in four states later this year and the Lok Sabha polls due next year.

Seven recognised national parties and 51 recognised state political parties were invited for the meeting. Out of the total 58 parties, 41 attended the meeting.

At least two Election Commission functionaries, who attended the meet, said, "25 per cent" (nearly 10 parties) of the 41 parties, which attended the meeting, made this demand.

In a statement, the BJP said that it told the poll panel that immediate steps are required for maintaining voter list in alphabetical order, so that duplicate names can be deleted.

"Initiative could be taken for making a pan India initiative. This could be successfully implemented if the voter registration is linked to Aadhar," the BJP said.

In August, 2015, a Supreme Court order on Aadhaar card had put brakes on the Election Commission's project to link the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) (Aadhaar) number with voters' electoral data to check multiple entries in electoral rolls.

The commission had then asked its chief electoral officers in all states and Union Territories to "suspend with immediate effect till further orders" all activities to collect and feed Aadhaar numbers of voters as part of its National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP).

In its August, 2015 judgement, an apex court bench has made it clear that Aadhaar card will be optional for availing various welfare schemes of the government and no personal information of the holders of such cards shall be shared by any authority.

"The UIDAI (Universal Identification Authority of India)/Aadhar will not be used for any other purposes except PDS, kerosene and LPG distribution system," it said.

Political parties also expressed concern over paid news and suggested to make it an electoral offence to curb this menace, the statement said.

Seeking to provide a level-playing field for parties in elections, the Election Commission had proposed making paid news an electoral offence to provide a strong deterrent in a bid to stamp out the menace. But its proposal is pending with the Law Ministry since 2012.

Political parties also asked the commission that on the lines of Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR), free airtime to political parties should be provided on private media for electoral campaigns.


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  1. Mai bhi join karna chahta hun

  2. How to link the aadhar with linkedin tell the precedure

  3. If Biometric Authentication is done at the time of voting in an election, it can be a major problem. Finger Prints do not match, especially for older people, may be even for manual labourers. Once my authentication failed for all ten fingers twice over and I had to come away without completing my task. Someone suggested that I should get my fingerprints updated UIADI. Easier said than done. Two years ago I was amused when a retired woman could not get her authentication done for her life certificate for her pension. Today, I am in the same boat. I think AADHAR may be reliable only as number and photo ID (Not so good photo though). Biometric Authentication may be a touch and go affair for many people. So linking Aadhar with everything is very chauvinistic. It may burnish the ego of some autocrats, but very unfair to the people in general.

  4. I also want to link my my name voter's list for Central, State and Local self Govt. Pl. guide me for enrolling for the same.

    Thanks and Regards.

    Vilas Pawar.

    1. Yes I agree for linking of voterlist Aadhar however the practical problems to be eliminated.And all property also linked with Aadhar/ that we can eliminate corruption


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