New Delhi: With 40 lakh people failing to get their names on the draft National Register for Citizens (NRC) in Assam, the poll panel Wednesday said an exclusion from this list would not automatically result in their removal from the electoral rolls as registration of voters is decided by the election laws.
“This is a draft NRC. After this, in the next one month all these 40 lakh individuals will be informed about the reasons why their names were not included. Thereafter they can file their claims and objections and after decision on the claims, the final list of NRC will be published,” Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said here.
The CEC said the chief electoral officer of Assam will give a factual report in the coming week on various aspects arising out of the publication of the final draft NRC. He said people excluded from the NRC would not be automatically removed from the electoral rolls of Assam as registration as a voter governed by three criteria as under the Representation of the People Act, 1950.
The EC voter enrolment exercise is independent of the NRC, though authorities responsible for the two lists are working in sync.