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Amend existing laws so we can obtain and use people’s Aadhaar numbers for voter verification, says ECI to Law ministry

The Representation of the People Act and the Aadhaar Act should be amended so that the Election Commission can obtain and use people’s Aadhaar numbers for “verification of voter identity” – that’s what the letter that the ECI sent to the law ministry on August 13 reads, according to The Print. The EC wrote that it was “keen” to use Aadhar numbers of citizens for “cleaning electoral rolls”; it would be in “national interest” it added. The Commission has also clarified that Aadhaar numbers will not be put in public domain, to ensure the privacy of individuals according to the report. (Nikhil adds) Please note that: Foreign nationals can get Aadhaar: foreign nationals living in India can also apply for and obtain Aadhaar numbers. Even Pakistani nationals have Aadhaar cards. Aadhaar is not a proof of identity: there is no verification of ID proofs or a physical verification of applicants. Debayan Roy, a journalist with CNN-IBN, was able to get an Aadhaar in a fake name by using a fake drivers license. Terror suspects have been caught with Aadhaar cards. Aadhaar is not a proof of residence or address: There is no physical verification of residence status done. In fact, the form only gets applicants to give an undertaking that they've been in the country for at least 182 days in the preceding 12 months. It's easily fake-able: Aadhaar is a number, not a card. There are apps online that allow for the creation of Aadhaar cards. But you don't…

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