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Context: The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill that seeks to link the electoral rolls with the Aadhaar database has been passed by both the Houses of the parliament.
The three reforms — common electoral rolls for Vidhan Sabha and panchayat elections, extending the qualifying date for registration of young new voters, and linking of Aadhaar with electoral rolls — taken up by the Union Cabinet on December 15 are, therefore, significant.
1) Common electoral rolls
Role of ECI and SECs: There are two types of election management bodies in the country — the ECI that conducts the Lok Sabha and Vidhan Sabha elections and SECs that conduct panchayat and municipal elections.
Some states, however, develop their rolls independently.
Considering that a voter for all three tiers of elected bodies is the same, why is it that she finds her name missing from one of the rolls, mostly the panchayat rolls?
Benefits of common electoral rolls
Tackling stuffing voters: A common experience has been the stuffing of bogus voters in the panchayat/municipal rolls.
Avoid the involvement of teachers in the non-teaching work: The process of making electoral rolls is usually done by the schoolteachers.
Cost-saving: A common electoral roll will obviate the need for deploying them repeatedly, besides saving enormous costs.
Suggestions for preparation of common electoral rolls
What are the constitutional and legal changes required?
2) Eligibility date of new voters
Suggestion by ECI on eligibility date
3) Aadhar linking
By: Shubham Tiwari ProfileResourcesReport error
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