Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021

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  • December 20, 2021
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Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021

Part of: Prelims and GS II – Polity

Context The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 that seeks to link electoral rolls to Aadhaar number has been listed for introduction in the Lok Sabha.

About the Bill

  • The Bill allows electoral registration officers to ask for Aadhaar numbers of applicants wanting to register as voters to establish the identity of the applicant.
  • It also seeks to allow the officers to ask for the number from “persons already included in the electoral roll.
  • People who cannot furnish their Aadhaar numbers will be allowed to present other documents to establish identity.

Various amendments to Representation of People Act, 1950

  • Section 23 will be amended to allow linking of the roll data with the Aadhaar ecosystem.
  • Amendment to Section 14 will allow four “qualifying” dates for eligible people to register as voters. As of now, January 1 of every year is the sole qualifying date.
  • Amendment to Section 20 and Section 60 will allow the elections to become gender-neutral for service voters. 

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