The Election Commission is planning to impose a fee to provide National Identity Card to Bangladeshi expatriates.
‘A few amounts will be imposed as the fee for giving NIDs to expatriates,’ EC’s National Identity Card Wing director general Saidul Islam said addressing a virtual press conference.
He said that a total of 738 expatriates have applied for NIDs before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Of them, 48 from Malaysia, 39 from Saudi Arabia, 530 from the United Arab Emirates and 121 from the United States.
He said that they already forwarded the applications of the 738 people to upazila election offices for necessary verification.
On November 6, 2019, Election Commission inaugurated the voter registration programme for Bangladeshi expatriates to provide them with the NIDs.
Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda and expatriate welfare and overseas employment minister Imran Ahmed inaugurated the programme by enrolling Bangladeshi expatriates in Malaysia through video conference.
The expatriates would need to provide six documents for applying to get NID.
These are – a copy of applicant’s Bangladesh passport, in the case of dual citizenship holders — copy of dual citizenship certificate or Bangladesh foreign ministry’s approval for holding foreign passport, copy of the passport of a Bangladeshi expatriate who identifies the applicant as Bangladeshi, statement of a blood relation living in Bangladesh with name, mobile number and NID card, applicant’s declaration that s/he was not enumerated in electoral roll anywhere in Bangladesh, and certificate from respective Bangladeshi mission.
Addressing the programme, Imran Ahmed had said about 1.16 crore Bangladeshi expatriates were currently living in 159 countries while the CEC Nurul Huda said at least 90 lakh of them were eligible to be enumerated in the electoral roll.
The commission started issuing NID cards with photos in 2008.
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