[Dhaka Correspondent] Election Commission is planning to start voter registration in 62 areas across the country in November as part of its full-scale preparation of the voters’ roll. “We are going to start working on preparation of voters’ registration and national identity cards in 62 areas from next month. CEC will announce the area-wise schedule and details later,” election commissioner Muhammed Sohul Hussain told newsmen at his office Sunday.
EC is also planning to start preparation of the voters’ roll in three places of Dhaka as a test-case from the last week of October, and is aiming to begin work in full-swing in the Dhaka City Corporation area from December 1.
EC, meanwhile, has started receiving laptop computers from UNDP, the leading partner in the project of preparation of the voters’ roll with photographs and national identity cards. UNDP will provide 8,000 laptop computers by the end of this month to facilitate full-scale preparation of the voters’ roll.
EC earlier received around 1,800 laptops as donations from different agencies. With these it started listing voters in some areas in August. It hopes that 10 per cent of the total work of voters’ registration will be completed by October.
Outskirts of Dhaka, where voters’ registration will be kicked off in the last week of October, include Uttar Khan, Kamrangir Char and Dania. EC is now preparing voters’ lists in 30 different places outside Dhaka.
According to the plan, field-level work of voters’ registration will begin shortly in Lalmonirhat municipality and district headquarters, Rangpur district headquarters and Gangachara upazila and all unions under it, Barisal City Corporation, Jessore district headquarters and all unions under it, Rupsha and Fultali upazilas of Khulna and all unions under them, Sylhet City Corporation, Tangail municipality and all unions under the district headquarters, Muktagachha municipality of Mymensingh and the district headquarters with all its unions, Bogra district headquarters and all unions under it, Chapainawabganj municipality, Paba upazila of Rajshahi and all unions under it, and Gazipur municipality.
Sohul said that he was contemplating a trip to the United Kingdom to learn different aspects of, and problems in, opening desks at Bangladeshi missions abroad for voters’ registration, “It might be necessary to go abroad, particularly to the United Kingdom, to oversee the arrangement for enrollment of expatriate Bangladeshis in the voters’ roll.”