From Bhupen Goswami
GUWAHATI : More than one lakh voters in Assam will not be able to cast their votes in the assembly elections. 1.08 lakh voters have been treated as suspects in the three-phase election in the state, so they will not be allowed to vote. This was stated by Assam Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Nitin Khande on Saturday. The Assam Assembly will be held on March 27, April 1 and April 6. Counting will take place on May 2. The number of skeptical voters provided in the Assembly last year was 1.13 lakh. Khande said in a press conference that 40 companies of central armed paramilitary forces will be deployed during the elections. He said a total of 2, 32, 44454 voters will be able to exercise their franchise.
Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, on a state visit in January, said that those whose names are not in the National Register of Citizens (NRC) but are in the electoral roll can use their franchise. The suspected voters are those who were identified as ‘ de-voters ‘ during the revision of electoral rolls and against whom cases are pending in foreign nationals tribunals or who have been declared foreign by the Tribunal. Assam Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Nitin Khande said in a press conference that the next three phases of Assam would vote in the assembly elections. There are a total of 2, 31, 86362 voters, including 1, 17, 42661 men, 1, 14, 43259 and 442 third gender. Out of the total voters, 62,134 are service people, 11 are foreign voters. The total number of suspected voters (D-voters) is 1, 08596 while 1, 32081 voters are Divang (Divang). Out of PWD voters, 69,261 are male, 62,809 are female and 11 are third gender,” CEO Khade said during a press conference in Guwahati. The Election Commission will issue notification for the first phase (47 assembly constituencies) on March 2, 2021. The last date for submission of nomination papers for the first phase is 9th March 2021.