Aadhaar-Voter ID Linking Can Be Made Mandatory To Check Frauds; Online Voting Will Be Allowed?
On Friday, Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said in Lok Sab said that in order to prevent the check fraudulent voting as well as to empower the Indians living abroad to vote, the government is contemplating to link Aadhar with the electoral rolls.
Electoral fraud is a serious matter and hence the government is thinking how to check the fraudulent voting at the union law minister’s level.
Linking Aadhar With Electoral Polls
He said during the question hour that “Linking Aadhaar with the electoral roll is one of the ways. As of now linking Aadhaar with electoral rolls is voluntary. Our aim is to ensure ‘one nation, one electoral roll’ to check double names in electoral rolls and fraudulent voting and ensure a clean voting process”.
On the proposal to grant voting rights to ‘Pravasi’ Indians, he said that the government has suggested to the Election Commission to look into how to give voting rights to those Indians who are working abroad or whether to allow them online voting.
He also added regarding the same that before taking any such step, the safety and transparency of the process must be ensured such that there is no malfunctioning.
Manish Tewari, congress member asked a question regarding the source code of EVMs. He inquired whether these source codes, whether the source code remains with the company which manufactures EVM or it is then passed on to the Election Commission.
Answering the question using the analogy, Rijuju said that EVM is just like appointment of judges. He said that “The judges are appointed by the government but once they are appointed, they become independent. No one should question the EVMs and there should not be any inference too”.
The Regards For Indian Democracy & Electoral Process
Post this analogy, Tewari said that he did not receive a proper reply to his question. Then Speaker Om Birla intervened and said the world over the Indian democracy and its electoral process was being highly praised.
Birla cited the references from his visit to various foreign countries that people there have shown very high regards for Indian democracy
He said that despite our country being the biggest democracy in the world, the elections are conducted so smoothly.
He added that people have acknowledged and praised the electoral system as they have never elsewhere seen a system for such a big country and hence it deserve plaudits.
Rijiju said “We want maximum voting and a healthy system. India’s election system has been termed as the best system in the world”.
When a question regarding the enforcement of compulsory voting in the nation was concerned, he clarified that there was no such proposal under consideration.
He said that since there are people in jails and under the jurisdiction of the courts, hence they cannot be forced by the government.
He said that “We want maximum voting and a healthy system. People from the whole world appreciate our system”.