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Imran Khan disqualified from holding office for five years, Pakistan's election commission rules


Pakistan's former Prime Minister Imran Khan will be disqualified from holding political office for five years, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) recommended on Friday, a move likely to further inflame political tensions in the country.

India wants to link voter databases with biometric IDs and that’s a problem


On Dec. 15, according to news reports, the Union Cabinet approved the voluntarily linking of Aadhaar, a unique 12-digit ID given to residents of India based on their biometric data, to voter identity cards on the basis of an Election Commission recommendation. But many Aadhaar activists and civil society organisations have raised the alarm about this move: they say it could lead to voters being excluded from the rolls and compromise the privacy of their data.

The push to link linking Aadhaar with voter IDs is not new. Neither is the criticism. The Election Commission had started linking the two in 2015. It had already completed the process for around 30 crore IDs when the initiative was stayed by the supreme court as part of a case about the constitutionality of Aadhaar.

With the latest Cabinet approval for the initiative, there is a legitimate cause of concern. In 2015, when the Election Commission linked Aadhaar to the voter ID list, about 5.5 million names were deleted from the voter database of two states, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

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