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Election Reforms Bill Passed In Lok Sabha Amid Opposition Protests

The Bill seeks to allow electoral registration officers to seek the Aadhaar number of people who want to register as voters "for the purpose of establishing the identity".

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New Delhi: Amid protests by opposition parties against the “Election Laws (Amendment) Bill”, the changes to the election law to allow linking of the Aadhaar card to the voter Id card were passed in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

The Bill seeks to allow electoral registration officers to seek the Aadhaar number of people who want to register as voters “for the purpose of establishing the identity”.

Last week On Wednesday, the Union Cabinet on the recommendations of the Election Commission, approved a bill on electoral reforms, allowing linking of Aadhaar to Voter ID card. Through the Bill the government will allow the Election Commission to seed the Aadhaar number with electoral rolls on a voluntary basis.

As per the proposals cleared by the Cabinet earlier, the electoral law will be made “gender-neutral” for service voters. Also, the bill will allow First-time voters turning 18 to enroll on four different dates every year, starting from January 1, as until now they were allowed to do this only once a year.

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