#PolicyBulletin: Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021

  • Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju will today be tabling the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill in the Parliament. The bill will aim at bringing electoral reforms.

  • The bill seeks to allow electoral registration officers to ask for the Aadhaar number of people who want to register as voters "for the purpose of establishing the identity".

  • It also aims to empower the officers to ask for Aadhar numbers of those persons who are already registered as voters, for the purposes of authentication.

  • Further, till now only January 1 was considered as the qualifying date to register as voters. People who turn 18 on or before January 1 can register as voters. Those turning 18 after that have to wait for one whole year to register as voters.

  • However, now an amendment will consider four qualifying dates for eligible people to register as voters.

  • Another amendment to the act will allow the elections to become gender neutral for service voters.


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