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8 million new voters expected in BD voter list update by EC

Dhaka, April 22 – The Election Commission (EC) is going to start gathering data to update their voter list targeting about 8 million citizens across the country from Tuesday.
According to the EC sources, the commission will collect data on citizens who are over 16 years old – born on or before January 1, 2003. They will be enrolled as voters once they are 18 years old. And
information about 80 lakh citizens will be collected in this round from 135 Upazila across the country.
Representatives of the commission will go door to door in each constituency until May 13, to enlist new voters. And registration and collection of fingerprints at designated centres will continue from May 25 to Oct 30, said sources.
The commission has already assigned 52,500 data collectors, 10,500 supervisors, and 780 assistant registration officers for the voter list update. More than 40,000 polling stations of the last general
elections will be used in the registration process.
Besides, the dead voters will be dropped from the new voter list and citizens will also be able to transfer their electoral areas.
On the other hand, for the first time in the country history, the commission added the transgender on the voter registration form along with the other two gender categories, male and female.
Previously, they were registered only as women or men on the national voters’ list — as there was no third option for the people of this community.
Five years since the state has recognized transgender as the third gender, the Election Commission—by amending the Voter List Act 2009 and the Voter List Rules 2012—have included this third option
alongside male and female, under the gender identity section of the voters’ list.
Besides, the National Identity Registration Wing has formed a special committee to monitor the Rohingya prone area, so that no one can get citizenship anyway without having eligibility.
Brigadier General Saidul Islam, Director General of National Identity Registration Wing said a special committee was formed to monitor the overall situation, so that people both Rohingya and Bangladeshi, who are not eligible for getting citizenship, did not get the chance to be a citizen.
According to sources, there are around 104.15 million voters in Bangladesh now, of which, over 52.5 million are male, and about 51.65 million are female. – Staff Reporter

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