Aadhaar New Delhi: The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a landmark bill on electoral reform. The bill includes decisions such as linking the voter ID card to the Aadhaar card, creating a single voter list to prevent fraudulent voting and duplication of names in the voter list. The bill passed by the cabinet will also make the electoral law for service voters ‘gender neutral’. The bill also stipulates that young people will now be able to register as voters on four different dates a year.
It is still the system that many young people are left out of the voter list due to the cut-off date of January 1. For example, due to the January 2 cut-off date, young people are unable to register even after reaching the age of 18. So they have to wait a long time, but now with the new reforms, they will be able to run for office four times a year.
The Ministry of Law was asked to change the word ‘wife’ from ‘husband / wife’ in the provisions of the Public Representation of the Service Act. Also, the Election Commission (ECI) was insisting on several cut-off dates to allow registration. Recommends to amend, so that there will be four cut-off dates for registration each year and enrollment will be on January 1st, April 1st, July 1st and October 1st.
People usually vote in their village as well as in the city where they work. In such cases, names are added in many places in the voter list, but after linking with Aadhaar, any citizen will be able to vote in only one place. However, under the government’s reforms, voter lists can be linked to Aadhaar on a voluntary basis.
The bill also includes a provision to make the election law gender neutral in the case of military voters. The current electoral law distinguishes it. For example, the current law allows a female soldier’s wife to register as a military voter, but a female soldier’s husband does not. The Election Commission had recommended to the Law Ministry that the word ‘spouse’ be written instead of ‘wife’ in the election law so that the problem could be resolved.
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