Monday 27 August 2018 10:38 PM UTC
NEW DELHI Aug 28: Some political parties, including the ruling BJP, urged the Election Commission today to link Aadhaar number of voters with electoral rolls to weed out duplicate names, the poll panel said.
“Political parties urged the Commission to link Aadhaar numbers with electors’ detail for better electoral roll management,” an EC statement said here after an all-party meet convened by it ahead of the Assembly polls in four states later this year and the Lok Sabha polls due next year.
Seven recognised national parties and 51 recognised state political parties were invited for the meeting. Out of the total 58 parties, 41 attended the meeting.
At least two Election Commission functionaries, who attended the meet, said, “25 per cent” (nearly 10 parties) of the 41 parties, which attended the meeting, made this demand.
In a statement, the BJP said that it told the poll panel that immediate steps are required for maintaining voter list in alphabetical order, so that duplicate names can be deleted.
“Initiative could be taken for making a pan India initiative. This could be successfully implemented if the voter registration is linked to Aadhar,” the BJP said.
In August, 2015, a Supreme Court order on Aadhaar card had put brakes on the Election Commission’s project to link the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) (Aadhaar) number with voters’ electoral data to check multiple entries in electoral rolls.
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