People Without Aadhaar Card Can Vote: CEO

Published: 21st May 2015 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st May 2015 06:02 AM   |  A+A-

HYDERABAD:  The chief electoral officer of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, Bhanwar Lal has made it clear that voters who do not posses Aadhaar card would also be allowed to exercise their vote in any election.

Bhanwar Lal told reporters here Wednesday that there was a general perception that if linking of Aadhaar was not done with EPIC database, the voters’ name would be removed from the list, which is not true. “Let me make it clear that under any circumstances, the names of voters will not be removed from the voters’ list,” he asserted.

According to him, though linking of voter ID with Aadhaar in the electoral roll database has been made must, it does not mean that voters who do not possess Aadhaar would not be allowed to vote.

“Issuing Aadhaar card is our responsibility. We would see that every citizen of both the states gets Aadhaar card and it is linked with voter ID,” he said.

Reiterating that linking of voter ID with Aadhaar had many advantages, Bhanwar Lal explained that once the linking is done, the voters could exercise their right even after shifting to another place by just intimating the Election Commission about the change in their address.


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