Election Laws

Delhi, Dec 20: Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju introduces the Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 in Lok Sabha on Monday. The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021, seeks to link electoral rolls with the Aadhaar ecosystem to weed out duplication.

Introducing the bill, Union Law Minister said that the legislation will end bogus voting in the country and make the electoral process more credible.

However, opposition parties led by Congress opposed the bill by saying it will infringe the fundamental rights of citizens. They also alleged that the bill will violate the Supreme Court judgment on Aadhaar.

The bill seeks to allow electoral registration officers to seek the Aadhaar number of people who want to register as voters “for the purpose of establishing the identity”.

Rajendra Agarwal, who was in the chair, accepted the introduction of the bill after voice votes. As opposition protests over various issues, including on the Lakhimpur Kheri incident, continued, Agarwal adjourned the Lok Sabha till 2 pm.

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Earlier, when the House met after the weekend break at 11 am, opposition members stormed into the Well and began protesting. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla urged members to maintain decorum and go back to their seats.

As the members refused to relent, the Speaker adjourned the House till noon after taking up a few questions.

In the Rajya Sabha, Rijiju is scheduled to introduce the Mediation Bill, which aims to promote and facilitate mediation, especially institutional mediation, for the resolution of disputes. The proposed law seeks to provide for a body for the registration of mediators, encourage community mediation and make online mediation an acceptable and cost-effective process.

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman is also expected to introduce the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha. The proposed law seeks to replace the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Amendment) Ordinance.