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Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Wednesday said those excluded from Assam’s updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) can vote in the assembly polls likely to be held in April-May if their names are on the final electoral rolls.

The updated NRC under the direct supervision of the Supreme Court was released on August 31, 2019. The list excluded the names of 19,06,657 persons. A total of 3,11,21,004 names were included out of 3,30,27,661 applicants.

The CEC cited a Union Home Ministry notification of August 29, 2019 that clarified that the exclusion of a person’s name from the NRC does not amount to his or her declaration as a foreigner. “Since the people, excluded in the NRC, have their names in the final voters’ list, they can exercise their franchise in the elections,” he told the media.

Those voters who were excluded from the NRC in Assam had cast their votes in the last Lok Sabha elections in 2019.

Meanwhile, the final electoral list in Assam on the basis of January 1 as the qualifying age, was published on Monday. Assembly polls are to be held on the basis of the final electoral rolls, which have enlisted a total of 2,29,92,505 voters including 1,12,34,579…


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