Democracy thrives when citizens actively participate in the electoral process. In India, the government has made a significant move to ensure the legitimacy of the voting process by linking the Aadhaar number with the voter list. This step, aimed at eliminating fraudulent entries and ensuring one person, one vote, is set to be implemented in full swing by 2023. Here’s an essential guide to help you understand why and how to link your Aadhaar with the voter list.
Understanding the Aadhaar-Voter ID Linkage
The Aadhaar number is a 12-digit unique identity number issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) to residents of India. On the other hand, the Voter ID, also known as Electoral Photo ID Card (EPIC), is issued by the Election Commission of India and serves as an identity proof for citizens during elections.
The linkage of Aadhaar with the voter list is part of the government’s initiative to clean up electoral rolls and eliminate bogus, duplicate, or ineligible voters. This move is expected to enhance the integrity of the electoral process.
How to Link Aadhaar with Voter ID
Linking your Aadhaar with your Voter ID is a straightforward process that can be completed offline and online.
1. Offline Method: Visit your nearest Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) or Assistant Electoral Registration Officer (AERO) office. Fill out the form provided for Aadhaar-Voter ID linking, and submit it with the necessary documents. Your application will be processed, and upon successful verification, your Aadhaar will be linked with your Voter ID.
2. Online Method: Visit the National Voter’s Services Portal (NVSP) official website. Click on the ‘Link Aadhaar’ option. A new page will open where you need to enter your details such as EPIC number, Aadhaar number, registered mobile number, and/or registered email ID. After entering the details, click on the ‘Submit’ button. You will receive an OTP on your registered mobile number. Enter this OTP in the designated box, and click ‘Submit.’ Your Aadhaar will be linked with your Voter ID after successful verification.
Why Link Aadhaar with Voter ID?
The Aadhaar-Voter ID linkage serves several important purposes:
1. Eliminates Duplicate Voters: By linking Aadhaar with Voter IDs, the government can easily identify and remove duplicate or bogus voters.
2. Ensures Accurate Electoral Rolls: The linkage ensures that the electoral rolls are accurate and up-to-date, enhancing the integrity of the electoral process.
3. Simplifies Voter Registration: The linkage can simplify the voter registration process and make it more efficient.
4. Facilitates Easy Voter Identification: The Aadhaar-Voter ID linkage can help easily identify voters at polling booths.
Linking your Aadhaar with the voter list is a simple yet significant step towards ensuring a transparent and credible electoral process. As we approach 2023, take the time to complete this important civic duty and help build a stronger democracy. Remember, your vote is your voice, and every voice matters in shaping the nation’s future.