🚨🚨🚨 ATTENTION! The ECI has proposed linking voter ID cards with Aadhaar.

This move stands to fundamentally change the Indian Democracy, leading to:
⚠mass disenfranchisement,
⚠increased voter fraud
⚠violation the right to privacy.

cc: @no2uid 1/2
[SIGN] Such a proposal must be resisted! ❌

Sign this petition to call on the Election Comission of India and the Ministry of Law and Justice to halt their unconstitutional plans! #RethinkAadhaar @no2uid 2/2

UPDATE: We received an RTI response from the Election Commission of India today! Take a look and engage with us on this important issue. We are firmly against this unconstitutional use of #Aadhaar 👁‍🗨 #RethinkAadhaar @no2uid

@no2uid Addendum: Another RTI response from the Ministry of Law and Justice provides a status report on Aadhaar linking with Electoral Role. It (incorrectly) reasons that such a move passes the proportionality test. @no2uid

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