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Guidelines linking Aadhaar with Voter ID will be issued by the federal government quickly, CEC Sushil Chandra mentioned

New Delhi:

Guidelines on linking Aadhaar with the electoral rolls (Voter ID) will be issued by the federal government quickly, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra has mentioned, including that sharing Aadhaar particulars will likely be voluntary for voters, however these not doing so must give “adequate causes”.

Mr Chandra, who demits workplace tomorrow night, additionally mentioned that the ballot panel performed a key position in intensifying the vaccination drive within the 5 states the place meeting elections concluded in March this 12 months to make sure that voters and people concerned in election responsibility had been secure from the coronavirus.

In an interview with Press Belief of India, he mentioned two main electoral reforms which came about in his tenure because the Chief Election Commissioner are the availability of 4 dates in a 12 months as an alternative of 1 to enroll these turning 18 as voters and the linking of Aadhaar with electoral rolls to verify duplicate entries within the voters’ listing.

“Earlier, solely January 1 of yearly was the closing date. We satisfied the federal government that this reform may be very important and these individuals needs to be enrolled as quickly as they flip 18. With this reform now, there will likely be 4 dates in a 12 months to get these individuals registered after they full 18 years of age. This reform was pending for the final 20 years,” Mr Chandra mentioned.

The 4 closing dates for enrollment is a part of a Invoice handed by Parliament a couple of months again to permit linkage of Aadhaar with the electoral rolls.

As of now, these turning 18 on or earlier than January 1 will be registered as voters. Those that flip 18 on January 2 or later have to attend for one 12 months to register as a voter. However as soon as the foundations are issued, younger individuals can get registered as voters on 4 completely different dates yearly.

“The second largest reform is the linking of Aadhaar with electoral rolls to verify duplicate entries. It should make the voter listing pure. It should make the electoral roll extra strong,” he mentioned.

Requested when the foundations will likely be notified by the federal government, Mr Chandra mentioned “I believe very quickly as a result of now we have already despatched draft proposals on this regard. Now we have additionally despatched the types that are to be modified and they’re with the (regulation) ministry. Very quickly, I believe they are going to be cleared. We will even need to tone up our IT system.”

On whether or not sharing Aadhaar particulars will likely be voluntary, he replied in constructive. “It is going to be voluntary. However adequate cause must be given by voters for not giving their Aadhaar numbers. The rationale could embody not having an Aadhaar or not having utilized for one or every other cause they will consider. I can not consider every other cause,” the ballot physique chief mentioned.

Mr Chandra was of the view that sharing Aadhaar quantity will assist the Election Fee to purify the voter listing. It should additionally make sure that the ballot panel is ready to give extra companies to the voters by means of its communication system, he added.

“If we all know in regards to the voter extra clearly, then we can provide extra companies resembling when the elections will likely be held and sales space (particulars) on their cellphone numbers… We should always know clearly that he/she is the precise particular person,” Mr Chandra mentioned.

Requested in regards to the largest problem he has confronted because the Chief Election Fee, he mentioned the “hardest” one was to conduct elections in 5 states and varied bypolls throughout COVID-19.

“As a result of when these elections had been coming close to, we by no means thought at the moment that Covid will intensify. Instantly, we got here to know in regards to the onset of Omicron. We needed to put together as no one knew a lot about this variant.

“So all of the sudden, we needed to gear as much as make the voting course of and the election equipment secure,” he added.

Throughout this era, the Election Fee intensified the vaccination course of and ensured booster (precaution) doses for its polling personnel, together with safety forces.

“We needed to take the bizarre step of stopping campaigning in bodily type. Initially, we mentioned solely door-to-door campaigning with simply 5 individuals will likely be allowed and there will likely be extra emphasis on digital campaigning,” Mr Chandra recalled.

“We had common conferences with well being secretaries and chief secretaries of the states. We requested them to accentuate vaccination and we saved an in depth watch each week. We had been giving a really graded response to our campaigning methodology. We opened it regularly. By the point electioneering began, the vaccination fee was very excessive in all of the 5 states, and the voters had been given the primary or the second doses as per protocol,” he added.

Mr Chandra replied in constructive when requested whether or not it was the Election Fee which had in a means been accountable for intensifying the vaccination drive within the 5 states.

“Undoubtedly. In states the place it was particularly much less like Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Manipur, we reviewed the state of affairs and requested the chief sectaries and the well being secretaries to spice up the vaccination drive.

“Every particular person ought to have taken at the very least the primary dose. If the primary dose had been administered, then the second needs to be given. In Uttar Pradesh, the primary dose protection was 100 per cent. The share of vaccination in Punjab and Manipur additionally went up. We took each step potential to verify the unfold of Omicron in the course of the elections in these states in order that the voters and the voting course of will be secure,” he mentioned.
 

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