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Voted ID card linking with Aadhaar: Govt considering options, says Ravi Shankar Prasad

Voters display their voter’s ID card at a polling booth for Phulpur bypoll elections in Allahabad on Sunday. Photo: PTIPremium
Voters display their voter’s ID card at a polling booth for Phulpur bypoll elections in Allahabad on Sunday. Photo: PTI

  • The poll panel has been pressing the government to amend provisions of the Representation of the People Act allowing EC to seek Aadhaar numbers of those applying to be voters and those who are already part of the electoral rolls

The proposal to link voter ID card with the Aadhaar ecosystem to avoid multiple enrolments is under the consideration of the government, union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday.

In a written reply, Prasad said the poll panel has proposed to link electoral roll with the "Aadhaar ecosystem" with a "view to curb the menace of multiple enrolment of the same person at different places".

He said this would require amendments to the electoral laws. "The matter is under the consideration of the government," he said.

"Electoral roll database system does not enter into the Aadhaar ecosystem and the system is used only for the authentication purpose keeping a tight air-gap between the two systems. These measures effectively prevent theft interception and hijacking of the voter system," Prasad said.

He was asked about the manner in which the government plans to protect the data linked with Aadhaar and voter ID from being misused.

The poll panel has been pressing the government to amend provisions of the Representation of the People Act allowing EC to seek Aadhaar numbers of those applying to be voters and those who are already part of the electoral rolls.

According to the EC proposal sent in August 2019, the electoral law should be amended to empower electoral registration officers to seek Aadhaar number of existing voters as well as of those applying to enrol themselves in the voters'' list.

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

(With inputs from agencies)


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