EC takes up Aadhaar-voter list linkage

The Election Commission on Tuesday discussed pending electoral reforms, including Aadhaar linkage with the electoral rolls, with officials of the Legislative Affairs Department of the Union Law Ministry, a panel statement said.

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said that over 40 electoral reforms had been pending, and the EC was discussing some of these proposals, the statement said. Mr. Arora, Election Commissioners Ashok Lavasa and Sushil Chandra, Legislative Affairs Department Secretary Narayan Raju and EC and Law Ministry officers participated in the talks.

Mr. Arora thanked the Department for facilitating postal ballot facilities for PwD [persons with disabilities] and electors aged above 80 and those belonging to essential services through a recent amendment to the Conduct of Election Rules.

Among the matters discussed at the meeting were having more than one qualification date every year to become eligible to be a voter, making paid news and filing false affidavits electoral offences or corrupt practices, covering print media and social media intermediaries under Section 126 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 that prohibits use of cultural events for campaigning, substituting the term “wife” with “spouse” in the Act to “facilitate electoral registration to the spouse of women service officials in the category of service voter” and amending the contribution form.

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