Aadhaar to keep check on bogus voters

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To put a curb to the menace of false voter ID cards and to increase the poll percentage the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has decided to link Aadhaar numbers with Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC).

In case the details of the citizens whose Aadhaar details do not match or are not available, a Booth Level Officer will visit the houses and collect information manually. Apart from that the GHMC will create a special number for citizens to send their names, addresses Aadhaar numbers for updating records.

People who don’t have Aadhaar cards can approach the nearest Mee-Seva center for registration and will be given the unique 12 digit identification number post registration.

The scheme will be taken up in all 24 Assembly constituencies. The existing electoral roll list will be updated by deleting duplicate, shifted, dead and migrated people and all other voters duly by linking the databases.

Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwarlal informed that the Election Commission of India had given directions to take up the scheme. “As the Aadhaar scheme was taken up effectively, and since 90 to 95 per cent people have been covered in the entire country, linkage will be helpful in getting more voters enrolled in Telangana including 81.54 lakh voters in GHMC alone. The previous door-to-door survey for voters’ enrolment was not up to the mark due to which the poll percentage remained confined to 52 to 54 per cent in the last general elections. There is a need to increase the poll percentage in the coming elections.”

The linkage is a pilot project conceived by the Election Commissioner and following its results it will be implemented in other states of the country as well. Since Aadhaar has a unique number (biometric verifiable), this linkage with help weed out duplicity.

The date of publication of voters list to the Election Commission, which was schedule to be November 1, will be postponed in view of the linkage.

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