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Notification allowing linking Aadhaar with voter list issued: Rijiju

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New Delhi: The government on Friday issued four notifications allowing linking of electoral roll data with Aadhaar, making electoral law gender neutral for service voters and enabling young citizens register as voters four times a year instead of the present one.

The notifications are part of the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2021 passed by Parliament late last year.

Law Minister Kiren Rijiju took to Twitter to announce that four notifications in this regard have been issued in consultation with the Election Commission.

The Union minister shared a chart to say that the notifications will enable “linking of electoral roll data with the Aadhaar ecosystem to curb the menace of multiple enrolment of the same person in different places”.

He also said that now a citizen who turns 18 on January 01 or April 01 or July 01 or October 01 in a calendar year can immediately apply for voter registration.

“The four qualifying dates will considerably enhance the voter base,” he said.

As of now, January 01 is the only cut-off date to register as a voter. Those turning 18 on or before January 01 can register as voters on day one of January. Those turning 18 after that have to wait for one whole year.

On making electoral law gender neutral, he said the word “wife” will be substituted with the word “spouse” making the statutes gender neutral which shall allow the wife or husband of a service voter to avail the voting facility available.

Soldiers deployed in far flung areas or members of Indian missions abroad are some of the people considered as service voters.

He said the Election Commission can now requisition any premises for storage of poll related material and accommodation for security forces and polling personnel.

Rijiju described it as a “historic step” of the Narendra Modi government to reform the electoral process.

 

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