The federal government mentioned at the moment that it’s bringing key amendments to reform the electoral course of primarily based on the Election Fee’s suggestions. 4 main reforms are being launched to strengthen the electoral rolls, make the voting course of extra inclusive, give extra energy to the EC, and weed out duplicates.
Similar to PAN-Aadhaar linking, seeding of the Aadhaar card with one’s voter ID or electoral card will now be allowed. Nevertheless, in contrast to the previous, that is being completed on a voluntary foundation, in accordance with the appropriate to privateness judgment of the Supreme Courtroom and a check of proportionality.
In response to the EC, pilot initiatives performed by it have been very optimistic and profitable, and this step will weed out duplication and strengthen the electoral rolls.
One other proposal is to permit extra makes an attempt to register within the electoral rolls. Beginning January 1 subsequent yr, first-time voters turning 18 may have the prospect to register 4 occasions a yr with 4 totally different closing dates. They may do that solely yearly until now.
The EC has additionally determined to make the regulation gender-neutral for service officers, permitting the husband of the service officer to vote as properly. Underneath the present regulation, this facility is offered solely to the spouse of a male service voter and isn’t out there to the husband of a lady service voter.
It has additionally given the EC all of the powers required to take over any premises for the conduct of elections. There have been some objections to taking up colleges and different essential establishments through the interval of elections.
The federal government will introduce these key electoral reforms within the current winter session of the parliament.