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New Delhi, Dec 20 : The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill says that every person whose name is included in the electoral roll should link it with Aadhar but the enrollment should not be denied if one is unable to furnish the Aadhaar.
Law Minister Kiren Rijiu has clarified that the linking is voluntary and not binding.
The Bill, passed in Lok Sabha amid opposition by several MPs, says the electoral registration officer may for the purpose of establishing the identity of any person require that such person may furnish the Aadhaar number given by the Unique Identification Authority of India.
It says that every person whose name is included in the electoral roll may intimate his Aadhaar number and also says that no application for inclusion of name in the electoral roll be denied.
No entries in the electoral roll should be deleted because of an individual’s inability to furnish or intimate the Aadhaar number if they provide an alternate document which will be prescribed, it says.
The other amendment brought by the Bill is change in certain clauses of the Representation of People Act to replace the word “wife” with “spouse” and some other changes to make it gender neutral.
The Bill was cleared by the Union cabinet last week.