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NRC: Registered voters remaining from the list, who will not be marked ‘suspect’, can vote, says EC

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The Election Commission on Friday said that registered voters excluded from the final list of the national list of registered citizens in Assam will not be marked “suspicious”, The Indian Express reported. Suspects, or DI voters, are people whose citizenship is in dispute.

In Assam, over 19 lakh people remained off the register. Out of 3.3 crore applicants, 3.11 was included in the final NRC list published on 31 August. However, it is unclear how many of those excluded in the state are registered to vote.

A senior Election Commission official said, “The Home Ministry’s clarification has little room for debate.” “There will be no motivational deletion from the voter list based on the final NRC. Also, those excluded will not be marked as ‘D’ voters.
Before the final list of NRC was published, the Ministry of Home Affairs had on 20 August stated that a person would not be declared as a foreigner by not including the name of the list. After the list was published on 31 August, the Ministry had clarified that those excluded from the final NRC would not be detained until they had exhausted all options of legal intercourse.

The statement said that the Assam government has provided the necessary facilities to provide legal assistance through the District Legal Services Authority.

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In 1997, the electoral body revised the voter list of the state to introduce “De Voter”. These suspected voters may still be on the voter list in Assam, however, they cannot vote unless a foreign tribunal states its case.

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