In a bid to ensure free and fair elections in the country and maximise the electoral coverage, the Election Commission of India has made a series of recommendations to the Law Ministry including cancellation of candidature & increasing the imprisonment to 2 years in case of false affidavit by poll candidates. In an exclusive interview with AIR News, Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra informed that the Commission has suggested the Law Ministry to work on necessary amendments to include more than one cut off date for inclusion of people turning 18 years into the electoral list. Currently the statute allows inclusion of names of only those people who have turned 18 years old as on 1st January of the year. In another major reform, the Central poll body has also suggested linking the Aadhar Card with the Voter ID card in order to prevent duplicity of EPIC cards.
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