60% OF INDIA’S VOTERS LINKED AADHAAR TO VOTER ID

  • Over 60% of India’s 94.5 crore voters have linked their Aadhaar to their voter IDs, the Election Commission (EC) disclosed in a Right to Information response obtained by The Hindu. The total number of voters who have linked their Aadhaar is 56,90,83,090.
  • Tripura, which went to the polls last week, had the highest rate of Aadhaar linking; over 92% of voters in the State have provided their Aadhaar details to the Election Commission.
  • Some of these voters may have provided documents other than Aadhaar, such as PAN, driving licence or passport, to fill Form 6B, which the EC introduced last year.
  • However, the form primarily demands Aadhaar, and electors can only provide an alternative document after declaring that they do not have an Aadhaar.
  • The Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2021 was passed to de-duplicate electoral rolls by allowing election authorities to collect the 12-digit number from voters.
  • The per-State percentages given here are based on total voter enumerations released by the States and Union Territories in the past three years.
  • After Tripura, Lakshadweep and Madhya Pradesh occupy the second and third spots, respectively, with over 91% and 86% of voters having provided the number.
  • Voters in the southern States have not provided their Aadhaar in such proportions, though they are above the national average.
  • Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka both fell shy of 71%, whereas the number stands around 63% and 61% for Tamil Nadu and Kerala, respectively.
  • The State with the lowest Aadhaar registration by voters is Gujarat, where only 31.5% have linked the document to their voter ID. Less than 34% of voters in the national capital had their Aadhaar linked.

SOURCE: THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, PIB

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