Assam NRC: File action plan for addressing discrepancies in voters’ list by March 28, SC tells EC

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the Election Commission of India (ECI) to lay out in detail its plan of action in case a person’s name is there in the voters’ list for Assam but missing from the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for the northeastern State scheduled to be published on July 31, 2019.

A Bench led by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi asked the EC to provide the court with complete information on the latest enumerations and deletions in the voters’ list by March 28.

Senior advocate Vikas Singh, appearing for the ECI, submitted that no changes were made in the voters’ list on the basis of draft NRC so far.

The Supreme Court had earlier asked the ECI Secretary to appear before it on March 12 in connection with this PIL alleging that several categories of persons in Assam were deprived of voting rights ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

One of the categories include some whose names figure in the draft NRC but not in the voters’ list.

The PIL alleged that a category of persons whose names were deleted from the voters’ list were some whose names appeared in the draft NRC published on July 30, 2018.

The petition claimed these people had voted in the last Lok Sabha election held in 2014.

The plea also submitted that there were people whose names were not included in the complete draft NRC, but they subsequently filed claims for inclusion of their names in it. They had voted in the earlier Lok Sabha elections and were waiting for inclusion of their names.

The third category of people were those who have been declared as foreigners by the foreigners’ tribunal as well as by the Guwahati high court but the court’s order was stayed by the Supreme Court.

The petition said it is the category of the persons whose names were appearing in the voters’ list from time to time.

The petition said the fourth category of people were those who had already been declared foreigners by the foreigners’ tribunal and such declarations were set aside by the apex court.

However, their names have been deleted from the voters’ list pursuant to the order of the foreigners’ tribunal, the petition said.

The petition said the fifth category of persons are those whose names have not been included in the draft NRC, but other members of their families, including parents, are included in the NRC and they have filed their claim for the inclusion of their names.

“The above mentioned five categories of people whose names have not been included in the voters’ list are going to be deprived from their constitutional as well as statutory rights to vote in the forthcoming Lok Sabha election to be held in April 2019,” the petition said.

The petition was filed by two Assam-based residents, Gopal Seth and Susanta Sen.

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