The Election Commission on Wednesday announced that people excluded in the Assam’s National Register of Citizens (NRC) list are eligible to vote in the upcoming Assembly elections this year, as their names are already on voters’ list. Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora made the announcement during his three-day visit to the state to review preparedness for the forthcoming elections.
Addressing a media briefing, Arora said, “In view of COVID-19 social distancing norms, the Commission has specifically revisited some extant norms. As a result, the maximum number of electors at a polling station has been reduced from 1500 to 1000.”
“Accordingly for Assam, the number of polling stations would go up by about 5,000 and are likely to be more than 33,000 for forthcoming elections,” he said.
The polls will be held keeping in mind the Rongali Bihu festival and the elections process will be completed before the CBSE Board exams begin on May 4, the CEC told reporters. The Commission is sensitive towards festivals held in the various states and has taken into consideration before holding review meetings in Assam, he added.
Election to the 126-seat Assam Legislative is due in March-April with the term of the current House expiring in May. The Assam Assembly polls are likely to be held along with those in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala.