Tuesday, August 16, 2022

EC begins drive to link voter ID with Aadhaar

The Election Commission of India (EC) on Monday launched a nationwide drive to link voter ID cards with Aadhaar cards. As per the EC, the voter ID and Aadhaar linking drive will help in establishing identity of the voters and prevent duplicate entries in the electoral roll.
The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill that authorised the linking of Aadhaar with voter ID was passed by the Lok Sabha last year, according to a report by Mint.
The EC has decided to set up camps across Maharashtra to assist people to link their Aadhaar with their voter IDs.
Why is it needed? Linking of voter ID with Aadhaar will establish the identity of an elector and will prevent a person from registering his or her name in more than one constituency.
The move will also make voters aware about the latest updates from the Election Commission through mobile notifications, according to an Indian Express report. The drive to link voter ID with Aadhaar is voluntary and voters can choose not to link their cards.
The name of a voter will not be deleted from the voter list if he or she doesn’t provide his or her Aadhaar number.
How to link voter ID with Aadhaar? Following self-authentication, voters can fill form 6-B either online or offline, available at the election commission website or at electoral registration offices. The Aadhaar number will be provided by the voters in the same form, which is notified by sub-rule 26B of the Electoral Registration Rules of 1980.
In addition to this, booth level officers (BLO) will conduct door-to-door visits to get people to fill the form after which records will be digitised accordingly.


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