Can the Election Commission outsource the electoral rolls and voter verification?

When Parliament has chosen to act, it has often done so with dubious intent. An example is that of the introduction of electoral obligations, to increase the transparency of political financing. This law makes it impossible to know the identity of the donor or recipient, totally denying transparency. The word “transparency” is used for this legislation almost in an Orwellian sense!

A more recent example of parliamentary action on RPA is the amendment passed last month. This is the link between Aadhaar and the voter identity card issued by the EC. He was adopted at Lok Sabha on December 20 without any discussion. It was adopted at the Rajya Sabha the next day with a voice vote, even when there was a high demand for the vote to be recorded. The video of the voice vote clearly shows resounding vocal opposition to the bill, but it passed nonetheless. Either way, the Aadhaar link is very problematic, for several reasons.

First, this amendment directly contradicts, at least prima facie, the 2018 Supreme Court ruling which clearly stated that Aadhaar is not binding on all citizens. Only for those who receive social benefits, and for a limited purpose only, Aadhaar may become a requirement. This is a landmark judgment in what was the second longest case ever heard by the Supreme Court.

Second, Aadhaar is meant to be proof of identity, not citizenship. It was never meant to be proof of being a citizen and having the right to vote. In fact, the constitution of the electoral lists is an essential responsibility of the Electoral Commission and cannot be subcontracted to another agency outside its field of action.