Election Commission: no names removed based on draft NRC
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Election Commission has informed the Supreme Court that names have not been deleted
from the voters’ list in Assam on the basis of exclusion from the Draft
National Register of Citizens (NRC)
response comes in the backdrop of a petition alleged that several categories of
persons in Assam had been denied voting rights ahead of the Lok Sabha
elections. The SC had ordered Election Commission Secretary to appear before it
on March 12.
has raised concerns about those who would not appear in the final NRC but have
been included in the electoral roll. It has further directed the EC to provide
the data by March 28 about addition and deletion of names in the revised
voters’ list published in the month of January in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a register which contains the name of
all citizens of India residing in Assam. It was prepared in 1951.
process of NRC update in Assam has been taken up as per a Supreme Court order
in 2013. The update is being
carried out under the Citizenship Act, 1955, and according to rules framed in
the Assam Accord, 1985.
Accord is a Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) signed between representatives of
the Government of India and the leaders of the Assam Movement- a movement
against illegal immigrants in Assam.
the Accord, foreigners were to be divided into three categories: a) Those who
came to Assam before 1.1.1966 (to be treated as full-fledged citizens); b)
Those who came between 1.1.1966 and 24.3.1971 (to be denied voting rights for
10 years); c) Those who came to Assam on or after 25.3.1971 (to be deported).
the Citizenship Act, 1955 was amended in 1985 to incorporate Section 6A. This
section fixes March 25, 1971 as the cut-off date for granting citizenship to
Bangladeshi migrants in Assam.