The Election Commission of India, ECI, Tuesday told the Supreme Court that exclusion of names of persons from draft NRC in Assam will not affect their voting rights in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls provided their names feature in the electoral rolls.
This was stated by the ECI secretary, who had been summoned by the apex court last week in connection with a PIL.
The plea alleged that several categories of persons in Assam have been deprived of voting rights ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The petitioner said, a category of persons whose names were d from the voter list included some whose names appeared in the draft NRC published on July 30, 2018.
A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi asked the poll panel to clarify what action it will take if a person’s name is not included in the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam to be published on 31st of July, but it features in the electoral rolls.
The court asked the ECI to provide it by 28th of this month, which is the next date of hearing, the data about the addition and deletion of names from voters’ list as revised in January for 2017, 2018 and 2019.