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How far do you think linking Aadhaar with electoral voter information is a fitting electoral reform? Critically analyse.

Topic: Representation of the People Act (1950)

4. How far do you think linking Aadhaar with electoral voter information is a fitting electoral reform? Critically analyse.  (250 words)

Reference:  Indian Express

Why the question:

The article presents to us a detailed critical analysis of linking Aadhaar with electoral voter information.

Key Demand of the question:

Present your opinion with respect to linking Aadhaar with electoral voter information.

Directive:

Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start with brief on the electoral reforms involving Aadhaar identity.

Body:

First discuss the context – recently, the Election Commission of India (ECI), reminded the Law Ministry to approve a slew of pending electoral reforms. Among these was hastening the linking of voter ID cards (EPIC database) with Aadhaar.

Then weigh the advantages and disadvantages of such a move.

Concerns can range from – The absence of a law to protect personal data, lack of clarity on the mechanism of integration, danger of leaks and possibility of disenfranchisement of voters. Also, explain the constitutional difficulties and hurdles it may generate.

Discuss the positives: improved accessibility to voting, reducing voter fraud etc.

Conclusion:

Based on the above discussion conclude with a fair and balanced opinion.