The Election Commission of India wants the Representation of the People Act, 1950, amended to allow Aadhaar and Voter ID linkage, which it believes is in national interest. The Election Commission wrote to the Law Ministry on August 13, urging it to allow people to use their Aadhaar card to register for electoral roll and to carry out de-duplication in electoral roll. At the same time, the Commission said that voter names will not be deleted if they don't have an Aadhaar card. Applications for being on the electoral roll will not be denied for those without Aadhaar. MediaNama obtained a copy of the letter via RTI. The Commission proposed adding a new sub-section (4) in Section 23 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (RP Act). Here are the detailed proposals: "(4) The electoral registration officer may for the purpose of establishing the identity of any person require that such individual may furnish the Aadhaar number given by Unique Identification Authority of India under the provisions of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 Provided that the electoral registration officer may also seek the Aadhaar number from persons already included in the electoral roll for the purposes of authentication of entries in electoral roll and to identify registration of name of the same person in the electoral roll of more than one constituency or more than once in the same constituency Provided further that no application for inclusion of name in…
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