The EC will launch a campaign to link voter ID to Aadhaar from August 1. Check details here

India’s Election Commission is set to launch a campaign to link voter ID cards to Aadhaar cards from August 1. Shrikant Deshpande, Chief Electoral Officer, Maharashtra, said ANI“The Election Commission of India will launch a campaign to link voter ID cards to Aadhaar cards from August 1, statewide.” This will be done to establish the identity of voters and the authentication of voter registrations and to identify the registration of the name of the same person in more than one constituency or more than once in the same constituency, a the Chief Electoral Officer told the news agency ANI.

“Now voter ID cards are to be linked with Aadhaar card in order to establish voter identity and voter registration authentication and identify the name registration of the same person in more than one constituency or more than once in the same constituency,” the Chief Electoral Officer said.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Monday asked Congress Leader Randeep Singh Surjewala, who challenged the Election Laws (Amendment) Act 2021 that allows voter roll data to be linked to the Aadhaar ecosystem, to address to the competent high court. The Supreme Court bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and AS Bopanna, who asked Surjewala’s lawyer why he hadn’t moved the high court first, granted the politician freedom to address the high court court. The Supreme Court was hearing Surjewala’s plea challenging the constitutional validity of Sections 4 and 5 of the Election Laws (Amendment) Act 2021.

The Supreme Court bench said: “Why don’t you move the High Court to Delhi? You will have the same remedy. You are challenging sections 4 and 5 of the Election (Amendment) Act 2021. Why did you come here? You can go to Delhi High Court.” Notably, the attorney representing the congressional leader said three states will go to elections in the next six months, while emphasizing the importance of the petition. Further, the bench said that if there are different petitions, the Union of India can file a transfer petition and the supreme court can refer the cases to a high court.

“An effective alternative remedy is available to the High Court in the exercise of its jurisdiction under Section 226 of the Constitution,” the seat said, also stating that “the remedy which is available in statute, we grant freedom to the applicant to move a request under Article 226 (of the Constitution) before the competent high court.” Section 226 empowers high courts to issue writs in various cases to any person or authority including the government.

(With PTI, ANI entries)

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