Bangladesh EC Plans Voter Registration For Expatriates

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Bangladesh Election Commission plans to introduce a voter registration system for Bangladeshi expatriates living abroad, Chief Election Commissioner K.M. Nurul Huda said media in Dhaka.

The CEC said the commission will set up offices in several places in Singapore, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Malaysia, UK, US, Italy, Australia and Canada, the hub of the expatriates.

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Over 10 million Bangladeshis live in 157 countries and many of these expatriates have failed to enrol in the voter list and don’t have NIDS, he said.

 

Over 10 million Bangladeshis live in 157 countries and many of these expatriates have failed to enrol in the voter list and don’t have NIDS

 

He said technical and non–technical teams of experts will visit the countries to conduct a feasibility study.

The CEC’s remarks came in a power point presentation he made at the opening of a two–day international conference on “Making Our Elections Inclusive and Accessible” organised by the Election Commission of India marking National Voters’ Day celebrations.

Besides Bangladesh, top election commission officials from Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Kazakstan and Russia are participating in the event. Representatives from several international organisations are also taking part.

Chief Election Commissioner of India Sunil Arora delivered the keynote address at the opening session.

In his first foreign visit after presiding over the successful holding of Bangladesh’s 11th parliamentary elections on December 30, CEC Huda said the polls have been inclusive with all registered political parties taking part. The elections have been free, fair and peaceful with 25,000 local (from 81 organisations) and 160 international observers freely watching the voting.

Huda said the election commission has focused on young voters encouraging their enrolment through SMS, TVC, radio, posters and leaflets. Voters’ awareness programme has also been included in the primary and secondary level curriculum. ■

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