Voter database authentic, flawless: EC

Voter database authentic, flawless: EC

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The Election Commission has firmly claimed the voter database to be quite authentic and flawless, saying there is no scope to raise question over its accuracy. Dispelling the doubts raised by some quarters about the updated voter list, the EC on Sunday said any eligible person, still not included in the electoral rolls, will be able to be a voter by appearing in person at Thana-Upazila voter registration centres before the announcement of the parliamentary election schedule. The commission firmly states that the data and statistics of the voter database are quite authentic as it collects 31 types of data including photograph, name, names of parents, address, and fingerprint of each voter, said a PID handout. The EC, however, said some people may raise question over wrong spellings of names, and minor clerical and printing mistakes in the voter list. But the commission takes necessary steps for correction if anyone brings such error to the notice of the voter registration centres concerned. Some quarters have recently raised questions over the authenticity of voter list database. The Election Commission firmly states that the voter list database is a national asset, which is being preserved properly. “The voter registration form is filled up in presence of each voter along with photograph since fingerprint of each voter is necessary,” said the EC, adding that the data is crosschecked through the Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). The former commission, headed by ATM Shamsul Huda, after scrutinising its data and statistics had authenticated the voter database, which was updated with new data and fresh voters by the incumbent commission, headed by Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad, the EC added. It further said the Election Working Group, a platform of NGOs, certified the authenticity through an impartial scrutiny of its data and statistics. The EC said confusion might arise as there are three separate numbers –voter list serial no, voter no and national identity card no., but the three numbers remain separately for each voter. So, the question of confusion does not arise in this regard. Refuting reports by a section of media that many eligible persons are yet to be voters, the EC said voter registration is a continuous process. The EC mentioned that currently eligible persons crossing the margin of 18 years before January 1, 2013 who still remain as non-voters would be able to include their names in the voter lists after appearing in person with photograph at respective Thana/Upazila registration centres across the country. “The voter registration activities will remain suspended from the date of announcement of the national election schedule.” said the EC, adding that the updated voter data base was highly applauded by the different countries, international organizations and donor agencies. – UNB

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