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Summary: The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021

The bill introduced in the winter session of Parliament has been met with stiff opposition from lawmakers and activists alike.

The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 that seeks to link Aadhaar with Voter ID was passed in the Lok Sabha on December 20 and is set to be introduced in the Rajya Sabha on December 21. Upon introducing the bill in Parliament, the government caused a huge uproar among politicians and civil society who have opposed the proposed legislation on the grounds that it is against the fundamental Right to Privacy and that it will enable surveillance and profiling of voters. We have summarised the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, also known as the Amendments to the Representation of the People (RP) Act, 1950 and 1951 here. Names will not be deleted if Aadhaar is not furnished Under amendments to Section 23 of the RP Act, 1950, the central government has proposed that the electoral registration officer can require any person to…

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