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Aadhaar-Voter ID Link: The National Electoral Commission campaign from today – Why is it needed?

Aadhaar-Voter ID Link: The Election Commission of India will launch a campaign from today to link voter identity (ID) cards to Aadhaar. The commission has asked all state chief electoral officers (CEOs) to undertake this campaign starting today.

“Upon the instructions of the Election Commission, the process of voluntary collection of Aadhaar numbers from registered voters will start from August 1,” Uttar Pradesh CEO Ajay Kumar Shukla said.

Former chief election commissioner Sushil Chandra had said sharing Aadhaar’s details would be voluntary, but voters will have to give sufficient reason not to link the unique identification number to their voter ID cards. , according to a PTI report.

Earlier in June, the government amended voter registration rules to allow Aadhaar details to be linked to a voters list to eliminate duplicate entries and make the electoral law neutral for service voters, said a PTI report quoting union minister Kiren Rijiju.

The Legislative Department of the Union Law Department has issued notices announcing that the rules have been amended in accordance with the provisions of the Election Laws (Amendment) Act 2021 passed by Parliament in December last year.

The 2022 Voter Registration (Amendment) Rules will come into effect on August 1.

A new ‘6B’ form has been introduced to allow existing voters to share their Aadhaar numbers.

Purpose of the Aadhaar-Voter ID link

Those who do not have an Aadhaar card have the option to share other proofs such as MNREGA work card, health insurance smart card issued under the Ministry of Labor scheme, driver’s license and the PAN map, also indicates the ratio.

Voter identity linking in Aadhaar will be carried out to establish voter identity and voter registration authentication and to identify the registration of the name of the same person in more than one constituency or more than once in the same constituency, Shrikant Deshpande, Chief Electoral Officer of Maharashtra, told ANI news agency.