Assam Voters’ List Discrepancies: Supreme Court Sets March 28 As Deadline For EC

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New Delhi, March 12, 2019

The Supreme Court on March 12th, 2019 has asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) to submit an action plan to deal with instances when a person’s name is present in the voter’s list in Assam but not in the National Register of Citizens by March 28th, 2019, the Scroll reported. As per the apex court’s direction, the complete NRC is scheduled to be published on July 31st, 2019.

A bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi asked the poll panel to share the latest information about the enumerations and deletions on the list. The court was hearing a plea that five categories of people in the state were being deprived of their voting rights.

Assam will exercise the franchise in three phases on April 11th, 18th and 23rd, 2019 in the Lok Sabha elections for 2019 which will be held from April 11th to May 19th. The results will be announced on May 23rd.

The NRC, which is being updated after 1951, is to separate genuine Indian citizens from “illegal migrants” who might be living in Assam.  It may be mentioned that the final draft of the NRC, which was published on July 30th, 2018, had left out 4,070,707 people.

In February 2019, the SC had accused the Centre of attempting to destroy the NRC process, LiveLaw reported. The court had criticised the ruling BJP-led government for the Ministry of Home Affairs’ plea requesting a suspension of NRC work during the Lok Sabha elections.