Indian city to use Aadhaar numbers to clean voter lists
14 October 2014 18:13 GMT

As of mid-September, 674 million Aadhaar numbers had been generated out of the 1.2 billion needed for India’s population.

Officials in India’s fourth-largest city, Hyderabad, have revealed plans to link electoral photo ID cards with Aadhaar identity numbers, which are only issued following a biometric de-duplification.

The Election Commission of India-backed plan - the first of its kind in India - will see voting lists checked against Aadhaar numbers to delete duplicate, dead, or migrated voters.

Details of citizens whose Aadhaar details do not match or are not available, will be handed over to electoral officers who will visit these houses and collect information manually.

A special phone number will also be used so voters can link their names and addresses with Aadhaar numbers to update records. In 2014, the estimated population of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation was 8.7 million.

As of mid-September, 674 million Aadhaar numbers had been generated out of the 1.2 billion needed for India’s population.

On 5 October, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao suggested at possible delay in holding elections in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, which were scheduled to be held in November or December, due to delimitation issues.

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