Aadhar-electoral rolls linkage will benefit eligible voters, nail bogus: Raman Suri

JAMMU: Describing the Union Government’s decision of linking electoral rolls with Aadhar as a “historic electoral reform”, BJP J&K Executive Member Raman Suri said that once the exercise is completed, there will be no possibility of bogus voters and at the same time, new eligible voters will be able to get themselves enrolled four times in a year, which is quite an appreciable move. He said, Narendra Modi government is bringing in massive reforms in the country and this one will nail bogus as well as fake voters who had become a nuisance in one of the world’s largest democracies. Now that the notifications in this regard have been issued in consultation with the Election Commission, India will head towards the most transparent electioneering, leaving no scope for multiple voters or even bogus one’s casting their votes at different locations.

Raman Suri said that this decision will make the electoral law gender neutral for service voters and enable young citizens to register themselves as voters four times in a year instead just one time. Earlier youth who became eligible had to wait for one year to get themselves enrolled as voters but now, they can do so four times in a year and exercise their franchise in Panchayat, Local Body, Assembly as well as Parliamentary polls comfortably. The decision will go a long way in enhancing the voter base. By making electoral law gender neutral, wife or husband of a service voter would also be able to avail the voting facility available for them. This will also let the soldiers deployed in far flung areas or members of Indian missions abroad become service voters and enjoy their right to vote.

Raman Suri said, the Indian democracy has always faced the menace of bogus voting or duplicate entries in electoral rolls, which now will end. Those registered as voters in different constituencies or states will also have just one voter identity and one place to cast their votes. Digitisation of voter cards and their linking with Aadhar will make the system complete transparent. He added that by weeding out of duplicate entries and curbing bogus voting, there will be fair turnout numbers and fair results.

Once the system is set rolling, there will be possibilities of eligible voters being able to vote from different locations across the country, abroad or while travelling. Raman Suri said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had resolved to end corruption, nepotism and fake voting system from our country and it is towards this end that such reform measures are being taken to give our next generation a clean and credible nation that stands for ethics and can be self reliant in every sphere.


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