The Invoice was cleared by Lok Sabha on Monday after a short debate.
The opposition wished the Invoice to be referred to a standing committee. Nonetheless, the federal government rejected this demand.
Chief of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge lashed out on the Centre and stated that the Election Legal guidelines 2021 modification invoice was handed with none “dialogue or debate”. He referred to as it a “mockery of democracy”.
Taking to Twitter, Kharge stated, “Modi Govt has handed the Election Legal guidelines 2021 modification invoice with none dialogue or debate. The invoice is in violation of SC Puttaswamy judgement and can result in mass disenfranchisement. How can or not it’s handed WITHOUT any DISCUSSION or SCRUTINY? It is a mockery of our democracy!”
Sources within the authorities stated the Invoice would clear up the “main downside” of a number of enrolment of the identical individual at totally different locations and assist in “cleansing” the voters’ listing to an important extent.
The Invoice incorporates varied electoral reforms which have been mentioned for a very long time. The federal government sources shared a 2018 assertion of the Election Fee following a gathering of all recognised nationwide and regional events on varied electoral reforms.
“Political events urged the fee to hyperlink Aadhaar numbers with electors’ element for higher electoral roll administration,” the EC had then stated.
Registration within the electoral roll is completed based mostly on an utility by an individual who’s eligible to be registered as a voter and this invoice has a provision whereby the brand new applicant might voluntarily present the Aadhaar quantity together with the applying for the aim of id, authorities sources stated.
No utility might be rejected on the grounds that Aadhaar quantity has not been supplied, the sources added.
Aadhaar linking with electoral roll will clear up “one of many main issues” in electoral database administration which is a number of enrolment of the identical individual at totally different locations, they stated.
This can be because of the frequent shifting of residence by electors and getting enrolled within the new place with out deleting the earlier enrolment, the sources famous.
Thus, the opportunity of electors whose names seem in a couple of electoral roll or at occasions greater than as soon as in the identical electoral roll will be eliminated, they stated.
As soon as Aadhaar linkage is achieved, the electoral roll knowledge system will immediately alert the existence of earlier registration(s) at any time when an individual applies for brand spanking new registration, the sources stated.
It will assist in “cleansing” the electoral roll to an important extent and facilitate voter registration within the location at which they’re ‘ordinarily resident,’ the sources added.