Rules on linking Aadhaar with electoral rolls can be issued soon; sharing details voluntary: Sushil Chandra

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Sushil Chandra, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) has said that rules on linking Aadhaar with the electoral rolls can be issued by the government soon. He also made it clear that sharing Aadhaar details will be voluntary for voters, but those not doing so will have to give “sufficient reasons”.

Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra told PTI that he is hopeful that the government will soon issue rules to make Aadhaar linking with the electoral rolls mandatory.

The government is set introduce an amendment to the Representation of the People Act and bring in rules so that people can link their Aadhaar numbers with their voter IDs, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra said.

The government’s insistence on Aadhaar linking for beneficiaries of welfare schemes is getting challenged before the Supreme Court and the Election Commission. Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra on Thursday said that the commission could issue rules under Article 324 of the Constitution within a week and asked for voting using Aadhaar cards to be made “bailable offences”.

The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sushil Chandra told a meeting of the full commission Thursday that he had written to Law and Justice Secretary R K Singh seeking his advice on the legal aspects of making Aadhaar mandatory. “The response is expected in 24 hours,” he was quoted as saying by an official who attended the meeting.

Electoral registration officers will have options to verify and authenticate existing voter IDs such as Aadhaar, driving licence and passport among others, a top Election Commission (EC) official said on Wednesday.

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