EC lays down the law: Not having Aadhar no grounds for exclusion from voter rolls



The Electoral Commission (EC) has declared that no request to register a name on the voters list will be refused and that no registration on the voters list will be removed for failure of an individual to provide or communicate his Aadhaar number.


 

A time-limited campaign is being launched from August 1 for the collection of Aadhaar number from existing voters.

To link the Aadhaar number to voter roll data, provision has been made in the amended registration forms to search for voters’ Aadhaar details. A new Form-6B has also been introduced to collect the Aadhaar number of existing voters.

“However, no request to register a name on the voters list will be refused and no voter registration will be removed for failure of an individual to provide or communicate an Aadhaar number. It has been emphasized that when management of the Aadhaar number of applicants, the provision under Section 37 of the Aadhaar (Targeted Distribution of Grants, Benefits and Financial and Other Services) Act 2016 shall be complied with. case, it should only be made public,” the Commission said.

The polling committee said if voter information is to be displayed to the public, Aadhaar details should be removed or obscured. A time-limited campaign is launched from 1 August 2022 for the collection of Aadhaar number from existing voters. The provision of the Aadhaar number is purely voluntary.

The aim of the program is to establish the identity of voters and the authentication of voter registration, the EC said.

According to the Commission, a detailed procedure for deleting repeated/multiple entries has been specified.

“In repeated/multiple entries reported by individual citizens, political party BLAs or RWA representatives, field verification is mandatory in all cases. The voter’s name would be removed from the voters list only where he is not found as usually residing,” he said.

In an effort to improve the health of the voters list, the Electoral Commission has emphasized the need for field verification by Booth-level officers. There is a monitoring and verification mechanism to enforce strict accountability for the work done by the different levels of the electoral apparatus.

EC recently asked CEOs in all states to come up with technology solutions for young people to file their early applications with reference to three later qualifying dates which are April 1, July 1 and October 1 and not just the January 1st.

Pre-revision activities include rationalization/redesign of polling stations; removing discrepancies between demographically and photographically similar entries; preparation of supplements and draft integrated role with reference to October 1, 2022 as the qualification date. The Commission directed that every effort be made to ensure the 100% removal of DSE/PSE from voter lists and discrepancies in EPIC (Voter Photo ID) during the current round of pre-election activities. revision.

Revision activities that will begin in November will include the elimination of complaints and objections received after the publication of the draft integrated voters list. Under the special summary revision, a period of one month is available to file complaints and objections in the draft electoral list. Special camps will be organized by the CEOs on the weekends, the date of which will be announced by the CEOs concerned. The final electoral list will be published on January 5, 2023.

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