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Expatriates want to vote through embassies

  • Published at 01:15 am May 24th, 2018
  • Last updated at 01:51 am May 24th, 2018
The Probashi Bangali Kolyan Shamiti (Probaksh) delegation hands over their memorandum to Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda at the Election Commission office in Dhaka on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 <b>Courtesy</b>
The Probashi Bangali Kolyan Shamiti (Probaksh) delegation hands over their memorandum to Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda at the Election Commission office in Dhaka on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Courtesy

They urge the EC to issue NIDs through embassies ahead of the national election

A platform of expatriate Bangladeshis has urged the Election Commission to issue national IDs and allow citizens to vote through the embassies abroad.

The Probashi Bangali Kolyan Shamiti (Probaksh) submitted a memorandum to Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday to this effect.

A seven-member delegation from the organization, led by Rana Taslim Uddin, a councillor of Lisbon, met the CEC and expressed the hope that expatriates would be able to vote at the embassies in the coming national elections.

The CEC said existing laws allow expatriates to vote through postal ballot.

“Those who want to vote from abroad will have to apply for ballot papers to their respective returning officers. In response, they will be mailed their ballot papers. They will have to vote and send it back, at least one day before the vote in Bangladesh,” he said.

The memorandum said expatriate Bangladeshis contribute to the economic development of the country through investment and remittance, but they are unable to vote for a candidate of their choice during election.

The expatriates urged the EC to open NID registration booths at all embassies ahead of the national elections. They said the move would encourage second generation Bangladeshis abroad to invest in Bangladesh and to manage their family assets here.