The Election Commission has taken special measures for 30 Upazilas to check enrolment of Rohingya people in the voter list slated to be started on July 25 ahead of the next general election.
‘The Election Commission has already spotted a total of 30 Rohingya inhabited Upazilas and taken necessary initiatives to check their enrolment in the voter list,’ EC secretary M Abdullah told reporters emerging from a meeting of the national committee for voter list update.
He, however, did not mention the names of the Upazials.
He said that people interested to register as voters in the Upazilas are required to show the National Identity Cards of their parents, paternal aunt and uncle.
Beside, the EC secretary also took part in a meeting with the members of the Election Working Group and some other non-governmental organisations for discussing on the voter list update.
In the meeting, they suggested the commission to fix a day naming ‘Voter Day’ for every year to start updating the voter list, an EC official said.
He said that they were also interested to take part in the campaigning programme in this regard.
Abdullah said that the commission officials would start updating the voter list from July 25 and finish on August 9.
He said those who will be 18-year old or older on January 1, 2018 will be included in the updated voter list, with about 3,500,000 new voters expected to be included.
The EC secretary added that information on voters who have died since the last list was made will also be updated in the latest version.
He said computer data entry work for registration will begin in 3 phases in the registration centres of 517 Upazilas on August 20. Photos and fingerprints will be taken from August 20 to November 5, after collecting information by going from door to door from 25 July.
The draft of the updated list will be published on January 2, 2018. The final list will be published on January 31, 2018, after settling objections and claims.
The final date for submission of objection and amendment forms is January 17. The deadline for settling objections and claims is January 22.
People who changed their location during the process will have to fill up a specific form provided by Election Commission with their new address. They will also have to submit necessary documents to the Thana Election Office where they want to be a voter.
According to EC, there are around 101,843,667 voters in the country.
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