Voter ID, Aadhaar card linking from August 1: Assam CEO

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“We are already campaigning for registration of all eligible voters and it will be intensified,” the CEO added.
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Voter ID, Aadhaar card linking from August 1: Assam CEO
Voter ID, Aadhaar card linking from August 1: Assam CEO

Guwahati: Assam Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Nitin Khade on Saturday said that the process of linking of Aadhaar details with voter ID in the state will begin from August 1.

Addressing a press conference here, Khade said that for any new registrations or updates to the state electoral list, citizens won’t have to wait until January 1 as they did in the past.

It will be updated four times a year on January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1, he added.

According to the CEO, voluntary Aadhaar number and voter card linking will begin on August 1 across the country and will also be implemented in Assam on that date.

Khade also stated that the simplification of forms, including those for new voters and for correction or updating entries in the electoral roll, will further aid in online registration.

Khade said that online registration of voters was being encouraged and a new set of forms by the Election Commission of India (ECI) will further help in the enrolment of eligible voters through the digital mode.

According to him, the new facility of advance application by people above 17 years of age for enrolment in the electoral roll will ensure that eligible voters are enlisted more quickly.

Khade added, “About 70 and 80 percent of applications for the state’s last summary revision of its electoral rolls were submitted online. We intend to make it even higher.”

He further said that various methods of advertising, including as social media campaigns and urging voters to register themselves online will be adopted.

“We are already campaigning for registration of all eligible voters and it will be intensified,” the CEO added.

In order to accommodate the new forms and provide additional facilities for voters, the ECI amended the Representation of the People Act, the CEO said.

As per an important amendment, people above 17 years will now be able to apply in advance for enrolment in the voter’s list and not necessarily await the pre-requisite criterion of attaining the age of 18 years on January one, Khade stated.

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