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Gurgaon: Show Aadhaar, take biometric and iris test to vote in MCG election

All state machineries will be put in place to check voters and their Aadhaar details before they are allowed to vote.

gurgaon Updated: Aug 12, 2017 22:34 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Ward number 15, where this unique voting system is to be introduced, will be focus of the election this time for this reason.
Ward number 15, where this unique voting system is to be introduced, will be focus of the election this time for this reason. (Parveen Kumar/HT File Photo)

The state election commission of Haryana is set to introduce an Aadhaar-linked voting system for the first time in the country from a specific municipal ward of Gurugram.

Ward number 15, where this unique voting system is to be introduced, will be focus of the election this time for this reason.

All state machineries will be put in place to check voters and their Aadhaar details before they are allowed to vote.

This move by the state election commission is aimed at ensuring transparent voting with zero scope of impersonation.

The commission said residents produce PAN, driving licence, voter identity cards, ration card or passport before casting their votes. Though these documents are accepted by polling officials as valid photo identity proof, they don’t entirely weed out the possibility of impersonation, the poll officials said.

“In the Aadhaar linked voting system, there is least scope of impersonation by anybody. Only a genuine voter can cast his vote in the Aadhaar-linked system. A voter will have to undergo iris and biometric test to prove he is a genuine voter,” Dalip Singh, state election commissioner, said, adding that he held a meeting with the officials of Gurgaon administration in this regard on Friday.

After the meeting, the officials decided that the Ward No 15 is most suitable ward to roll out this unique system of voting. There are total 35 wards within the ambit of the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG).

Ward number 15 is home to an estimated 22,000 voters, the commission official said. The state election commission has asked the district administration to arrange camps and conduct a survey on whether every individual voter holds an Aadhaar card.

The district administration will hold as many camps as possible between August 20 and 31 to complete the survey.

However, the state election commission said that the absence of Aadhaar card will not deprive a genuine voter of casting their votes to the candidate of their choice.

“Our purpose is to introduce Aadhaar-linked voting in the interest of a transparent and fair electoral process. Ward number 15 has been selected for this purpose, as the administration believes this ward has the maximum Aadhaar card holders,” Singh said.

Dr Narhari Bangar, additional commissioner ,MCG, said, “This is a good system that is going to be introduced for the MCG elections.”