Thursday, September 29, 2022

Linking voter ID with Aadhaar voluntary: EC

Election Commission of India Monday reiterated that seeding of Aadhaar with Voter ID was voluntary while responding to TMC spokesperson Saket Gokhale claim that poll officials were forcing people to link their Aadhaar numbers with voter ID.
Citing tweets by the Internet Freedom Foundation, Gokhale said there have been “many cases” of election officials calling up people forcing them to link voter ID with Aadhaar numbers.
“We’ve written to the Election Commission today asking to issue a clarification & immediately cease & desist from doing this,” he wrote on Twitter.
The poll panel too responded on Twitter saying that submission of Aadhaar in Form 6B — a new form issued to share Aadhaar details — is “voluntary”.
“No entry in electoral roll shall be deleted on the ground of non-submission of Aadhaar,” the EC said sharing a link of instructions issued to state chief electoral officers in this regard.
In his representation to the EC on behalf of the TMC, Gokhale pointed out that the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which allows for the linking of electoral data with the Aadhaar number, was passed by Parliament in December 2021.
“Subsequent to the passing of the Bill, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju informed Parliament that linking of voter I cards with Aadhaar was ‘voluntary’ and ‘not mandatory’”, he said.