It has been reported that the law ministry is discussing a proposal to give statutory backing for collecting Aadhaar number of fresh applicants to clear up the voter rolls. The proposal was drafted by the Election Commission of India.
In 2015, the election watchdog was collecting Aadhaar number for its National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme. During that, it proposed that the linking will be very useful in removing the discrepancies and multiple entries in the voter’s card. However, the country’s apex court refused the ECI’s proposal to link Aadhar with the voter’s roll. The main aim is to remove multiple entries in electoral rolls to make the list error-free.
Recently, the Election Commission of India has approached the Law ministry regarding the same proposal. ECI had submitted a letter to the ministry that seeks to amend the Representation of the People Act so that ECI can be allowed to collect the Aadhar numbers of fresh applicants to voter’s database.
Speaking from the Law ministry’s side on the matter, a senior official was reported saying “Action is being taken“. One of the ECI’s officials said, “Since the Supreme Court order makes it clear that sanction of law is required to collect Aadhaar number, the Commission has proposed changes in electoral law.”