Election Commission writes to law ministry, seeks legal powers to collect Aadhaar numbers for cleaning up voters' list

In a letter to the law ministry, the Election Commission has proposed that provisions of the Representation of the People Act be amended to allow the poll panel to seek Aadhaar numbers of those applying to be voters and those who are already part of voters list.

Press Trust of India August 20, 2019 16:33:04 IST
Election Commission writes to law ministry, seeks legal powers to collect Aadhaar numbers for cleaning up voters' list
  • The Election Commission has asked the Centre to give it statutory backing to collect Aadhaar numbers of voters to check multiple entries in electoral rolls

  • The commission has written to the law ministry, proposing amendments to provisions of the Representation of the People Act

  • The poll panels made the proposal because the 2015 Supreme Court order made it clear that sanction of law is required to collect Aadhaar number, a functionary said

New Delhi: The Election Commission has asked the government to give it statutory backing to collect Aadhaar numbers of new applicants and existing voters to check multiple entries in electoral rolls.

In a letter to the law ministry, the commission has proposed that provisions of the Representation of the People Act be amended to allow the poll panel to seek Aadhaar numbers of those applying to be voters and those who are already part of voters list.

Election Commission writes to law ministry seeks legal powers to collect Aadhaar numbers for cleaning up voters list

File image of the Election Commission of India. Courtesy: News18

According to the Election Commission's proposal sent earlier in August, the electoral law should be amended to empower electoral registration officer to seek Aadhaar numbers of the existing voters as well as of those applying to the voters list.

In August 2015, a Supreme Court order on Aadhaar card put brakes on the Election Commission's project to link Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) (Aadhaar) numbers with voters' electoral data to check multiple entries in electoral rolls.

The poll panel was then collecting Aadhaar numbers as part of its National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP).

Seeking to check multiple entries in electoral rolls and to make them error-free, the Election Commission had embarked on an ambitious project to link Aadhaar numbers with voters' electoral data.

"Since the Supreme Court order makes it clear that sanction of law is required to collect Aadhaar number, the commission has proposed changes in the electoral law," a functionary explained.

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