More than 1 lakh people in Assam have been
listed as ‘D’ (Dubious or Doubtful) voters and would not be able to vote in the
upcoming 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, Assam’s Chief Election Officer has
added that those whose names were not included in the final National Register
of Citizens (NRC) draft could still vote if their names were in the electoral
The system of ‘D’ (dubious or doubtful) voters
was introduced in 1997 by the Election Commission. D voters are those who have
been disenfranchised during electoral roll revision for their alleged lack of
proper citizenship credentials. Their cases are pending in any Foreigners
tribunal in Assam.
Foreigners Tribunal (FT) was set up in Assam in
1964 through the Foreigners Tribunal Order 1964. The tribunals are mandated
with identifying the legal status of suspected foreigners in Assam. At present,
there are 100 FTs in Assam.