One of the largest problems that the country faces during the time of elections is fraud or duplicate Voter Id cards. To tackle this problem, the government has come up with an ingenious scheme of linking the Voter ID, also known as EPIC (Elector’s Photo Identity Card), with the Aadhar Card. Since the Aadhar Card is based on a sophisticated system with a biometric database, it is not possible to duplicate the card. By seeding your Aadhar Card to your EPIC, you are legitimising the EPIC and fighting fraud.
Link the Aadhar Card to EPIC is called EPIC Aadhar Seeding and is actually a really simple process. Users have a variety of options to do this quickly and efficiently. Below are four possible methods-
Through The National Online Portal
Step 1: Visit http://nvsp.in
Step 2: Scroll down and find the “Search Your Name in electoral roll” option. It is in the form of a rectangular box.
Step 3: Find your details by either filling in your EPIC number or searching by your name, constituency, etc. This option is also available in local languages though numbers are always transliterated into English.
Step 4: Click on the “View” button on the extreme left corner of the row.
Step 5: Under the Aadhar options, enter your Aadhar number. Register your mobile and email id to get confirmation via this medium.
Step 6: Submit! And wait for validation.
Through The State Online Portal
Some states have their own online portal for EPIC Aadhar Seeding. This is especially useful for the central government as this heavily narrows down on the list and voters can have their seeding confirmed sooner. Currently available for only Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, this feature might soon be available for many more states. Visit http://epic2.telangana.gov.in/epic/index.jsp to access this service.
By Sending An SMS
Just send “ECILINK ” (without quotes) to 51969. You will then get a confirmation SMS.
By Calling A Toll-Free Call Centre
Residents from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh can call 1950 for toll-free assistance. Simply mention your Aadhar Card number and EPIC number and the Operator shall update your details online on your behalf.
Why Is Aadhar EPIC seeding important?
The Election Commission of India is an independent body outside of the executive, legislative and judiciary. It is responsible for facilitating the largest elections ever held, in the world. Part of their responsibilities for ensuring fair elections is governing that the competing candidates campaign and participate in a fair manner. However, in our country, corruption is rampant, and elections are often rigged by methods of poll capture and fraudulent voting.
While the issue of poll capture can be overseen by the executive body of the Election Commission, the fraudulent voting practises required more innovating solutions. By seeding the Aadhar Card to the EPIC, what it created was a barrier to fraudulent practice. The biometrics recorded in the Aadhar is a unique biological code which cannot be copied and hence EPIC can avoid misuse.
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