People not on Assam citizen list can vote: Election Commission Chief

New Delhi, August 1: Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat on Wednesday said that people who were excluded from the Assam National Register of Citizen or NRC draft list can vote as long as their name is on the electoral rolls.

Rawat told NDTV, “Those left out of the Assam citizen’s list can vote if their names are in the voter’s list and they fulfill all conditions. The Election Commission will publish a voter list in January and will not wait for the final NRC”.

“There are permutations and combinations. Many of them may be below 18”, he added.

The Registrar General of India (RGI) on Monday released a final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam.

In the updated Assam NRC list 4 million people have been excluded.

This has been seen by critics as a move to target Assam’s Muslim population on the pretext of weeding out Bangladeshi migrants.

Registrar General Sailesh had said that “Every person whose name was in the first draft but is missing from final draft will be given an individual letter to file claim for her/his non-inclusion during claims and objections”.

According to State NRC Coordinator, two crore eighty nine lakhs, eighty three thousand six hundred and seventy seven people have been found eligible to be included in the National Register of Citizens.

Out of 3.29 crore people, 2.89 crore have been found eligible to be included. This is just a draft, and not the final list.The people who are not included can make claims and objections.


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