The Election Commission (EC) on Tuesday started the first-ever registration process of expatriate Bangladeshis as voters in Malaysia.
Expatriates’ Welfare and Oversees Employment Minister Imran Ahmad and Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda jointly inaugurated the registration process through videoconferencing.
Minister Imran Ahmad was there at the Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur while CEC Nurul Huda at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.
Besides, election commissioners Mahbub Talukder, Rafiqul Islam, Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury and Kabita Khanam, EC senior secretary Md Alamgir, DG of EC’s National Identity Registration Wing Brig Gen Saidul Islam were present at Nirbachan Bhaban, while Bangladesh High Commissioner to Malaysia Md Shahidul Islam and other officials of the High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.
The expatriate Bangladeshis will have to apply online through www.services.nidw.gov.bd for getting registered as voters.
Besides, the EC will soon go to Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Maldives, Singapore and the United Kingdom to enroll expatriate Bangladeshis in the voter list.
The major countries having larger number of Bangladeshis include Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Oman, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, Kuwait and Bahrain.
Since 1976 to 2019 (till Sept), a total of 1,26,69,389 (1.27 crore) Bangladeshis went abroad for doing jobs, according to statistics received from the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET).