‘Govt examining linking Aadhaar to voter ID card’

‘Govt examining linking Aadhaar to voter ID card’

NEW DELHI: The government is “examining” a proposal from the Election Commission to link Aadhaar with voter ID cards “to ensure error free electoral rolls”, law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told Parliament in a written response.

“In order to ensure preparation of error free electoral rolls and to prevent duplication of entries, a proposal to amend the Representation of the People Act, to enable de-duplication of electoral data using Aadhaar system has been received from the Election Commission,” the minister said, adding that the matter was under examination.

In view of making the existing provisions of the RP Act gender neutral, a proposal to substitute the word ‘wife’ with the word ‘spouse’ appearing in sub-section (6) of Section 20 of the RP Act is also under consideration of the government, Prasad said.