​D-voters

  • On 7th May, 2024, Chief Minister of Assam asserted that the issue of ‘Doubtful’ (D) voters of Bengali-Hindus of the state will be resolved in six months after the elections.
  • D-voters are those who could not provide evidence in favour of their Indian nationality.
  • The concept of D-voters was introduced in Assam in 1997 by the Election Commission. It does not exist anywhere else in India.
  • Neither the Citizenship Act of 1955 nor the Citizenship Rules of 2003 provide clear definitions for "doubtful voter" or "doubtful citizenship."
  • While ‘D’ voters continue to remain on Assam’s electoral roll, they cannot vote in an election unless ....
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