Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Monday said that the minimum scope of holding free, fair and credible elections would be damaged if the National Identity Card service went under the home ministry.
‘The standing committee of the BNP thinks that the move to shift the NID Card service to the home ministry has been taken from an ill political interest and the minimum space of democracy will be vanished if the move is implemented,’ said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at a press conference.
He said that the peaceful way of power handover would end forever for the move to take the NID Card service under the control of the government from the independent Election Commission.
He urged the government to stop the move of controlling the NID Card service as well as the voters’ list.
He said that the BNP standing committee expressed serious concern over the move at a meeting held on Saturday.
A letter from the Prime Minister’s Office on May 17 said that the National Identity Card Registration Act 2010 would possibly be amended to include the word ‘government’ instead of ‘Election Commission’.
In addition, arrangements can be made to transfer the existing infrastructure and manpower from the EC to the Department of Security Services for conducting national identity registration activities under the home ministry, the letter said.
The EC and governance campaigners are also opposing the move of the government.
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