Guwahati, March 14, 2019
The Supreme Court reiterated that it will not extend the July 31st, 2019 deadline for publication of the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. The court also observed that the NRC work and Lok Sabha polls can go on simultaneously in the state.
A bench of Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice R F Nariman allowed the plea forwarded by State NRC coordinator to employ additional manpower including data operators, information technology personnel, and other technical pieces of equipment to set up quality check units at different places in the process of examining the claims.
The Centre informed the top court that 167 companies of Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) deployed in Assam will not be diverted for poll duty.
On the midnight of December 31st, 2017, Part Draft NRC was released and subsequently on July 30th, 2018, the Complete Draft NRC was released. 2,89, 83,677 persons were found eligible out of 3,29,91,384 applicants in the final draft of the NRC. Of these, 37,59,630 names have been rejected and the remaining 2,48,077 are on hold.
On the other hand, the Lok Sabha elections in Assam will be held in three phases on April 11th, 18th and 23rd, 2019, the Election Commission announced on March 10th, 2019, setting the stage for a high-stakes battle between the state’s ruling BJP and the Congress. A total of 21,760,604 voters will exercise their franchise in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Assam.