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The Election Commission has warned of severe disciplinary action against voter registration officers for leaking Aadhaar data. The commission has also emphasized that Aadhaar submission by voters is ‘voluntary’. Let us inform that recently the central government had amended the voter registration rules to allow linking of Aadhaar details with the voter list.
In fact, on Monday, the Election Commission sent a letter to the Chief Electoral Officers of all the states and union territories. The letter stated that during the special summary revision, special camps may be organized at the cluster level on dates coinciding with the special campaign dates. Where voters can be persuaded. Voluntarily give your Aadhaar number in Form-6B in hard copy.
Voter can share his Aadhaar number using Form-6
According to a notification by the Law Ministry, existing voters can share their Aadhaar number using the recently introduced Form-6B. It states that in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (5) of section 23 of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 (43), the Central Government notifies the 1st day of April, 2023 as the date on or before The name is included in the voter list. He can inform his Aadhaar number as per the said section.
A senior official in the matter recently pointed out that ‘maybe’ has been used in the notification and not ‘will’ which makes sharing of details voluntary.
Submission of Aadhaar number is voluntary, not mandatory
The letter said that the submission of Aadhaar number is purely voluntary. The Election Registration Officer shall make it clear to the voters that the purpose of obtaining the Aadhaar number is for authentication and better extension of their entries in the electoral roll. Election services to them in future..It is emphasized that submission of Aadhaar by voters is voluntary.
The letter reiterated that the Election Laws (Amendment) Act 2021 had mentioned that the ERO shall not delete any entry in the electoral roll on the ground of inability of any existing voter to furnish Aadhaar number.