New voters to get NID cards next monthTaib Ahmed
About 70 lakh new voters, enrolled since March 10, 2012, would get their national identification cards by next month, Election Commission officials said Monday.
The new voters in Dhaka would get their NIDs later this month, director operations at EC National Identity Registration Wing Mohasin Ali told New Age.
‘We expect to complete the upazilawise distribution of NID cards by next month,’ he said.
On March 10, 2012, the EC began enrolling new and other voters, left out of the registration process across the country, keeping the next parliamentary election, due latest on January 24, 2014, in the view.
The renewed enlistment exercise was necessitated as the EC remained oblivious of its statutory obligation to continuously update the electoral roll since December 29, 2008 when the nation went to parliamentary polls last with approximately 8.10 crore registered voters.
According to the EC statistics over 70 lakh new voters were enrolled since March last year increasing the number of voters in the country to 8.80 crore.
Bangladesh army got the responsibility to prepare the new NID cards in two months since an agreement it signed with the EC in this regard last week. Mohasin said.
He said a single NID card would cost about Tk three.
‘We expect to send the new NID cards to upazila election offices by next month.
The newly enrolled voters have to collect their NID cards from the upazila election offices, he said.
The army also bagged the bid for printing five sets of the electoral roll for the coming parliamentary election, said EC officials.
The EC at a recent meeting awarded the bid to the army to print five sets of the electoral roll at a cost of Tk 6,89,97,164, they said.
A senior assistant secretary said the EC has drafted an agreement it would sign with the army in this regard after seeking opinions from its legal experts.
The EC has instructed its field level officers and the National Identification Wing to prepare constituency-wise voters’ lists in CD formats by October 15 for the 10th parliamentary election.
The statute requires the EC to keep the constituency-wise voters’ lists ready before announcing the election schedule due by November, said officials.
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