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Lok Sabha passes the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021

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  • The bill will amend various sections of the Representation of the People Act, 1950 and 1951.
  • Highlights of the bill-
  • The bill will allow voluntary linkage of Voter ID with Aadhaar by amending Section 23 of Representation of the People Act, 1950.
  • This is a long-pending electoral reform to remove multiple enrolments in the name of one person.
  • It is voluntary, so, people who cannot furnish their Aadhaar numbers will be allowed to present other documents to establish identity.
  • From now, there will be four “qualifying” dates for eligible people to register as voters. They are January 1, April 1, July 1, and October 1 in a calendar year.
  • At present the qualifying date for the eligible persons who are 18 years or above to register as voters is January 1 of the Year.
  • The bill will also allow the elections to become gender-neutral for service voters by replacing the word ‘wife’ with ‘spouse’
  • At present, an Armyman’s wife is entitled to be enrolled as a service voter, but a woman officer’s husband is not. With ‘wife’ being replaced by the term ‘spouse’, this will change.

Representation of Peoples Act 1950

Representation of Peoples Act 1951

Qualification of voters.

Preparation of electoral rolls.

Delimitation of constituencies.

Allocation of seats in the Parliament and state legislatures.

The actual conduct of elections.

Administrative machinery for conducting elections.

Poll.

Election offenses.

Election disputes.

By-elections.

Registration of political parties.

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