The directions have made it clear though that all other activities under NERPAP to “purify” the poll process will continue.

Meanwhile, civil liberties activists have called for delinking the already merged voter ID card details from the Unique Identification (UID) number.

Activist group’s plea

In a letter written to the Chief Election Commissioner on Saturday, the Citizens Forum for Civil Liberties has highlighted that the UIDAI in a 14-page document titled ‘Strategic Vision: Unique Identification of Residents’ prepared by Wipro Ltd and submitted to the Processes Committee of the Planning Commission envisaged the close linkage that the UIDAI would have with the Electoral Database in 2006-2007 itself.

Referring to the proposal to merge the Election ID cards with UID as an exercise in rewriting and engineering the electoral ecosystem, the letter underlines that the use of biometric technology and EVMs is not as innocent and as politically neutral as it has been made out to be. Given that it amounts to surveillance of the citizen’s political choices, the organisation has further demanded that all databases containing such information be dismantled immediately.