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Voters’ day: EC to visit India for inspiration, experience

  • Published at 02:59 pm January 22nd, 2019
File photo of Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda Focus Bangla

The Election Commission plans to mark the occasion by raising awareness about national identity cards

Bangladesh is set to celebrate National Voters’ Day on March 1 for the first time in the country’s history. 

The Election Commission plans to mark the occasion by raising awareness about national identity cards, among citizens of Bangladesh, and has launched preparations as part of the effort.

In a bid to utilize neighboring country India’s experience in this sector, Chief Election Commission (CEC) KM Nurul Huda is scheduled to visit the country, to participate in its National Voters’ Day events, to be observed on January 24 and 25.

Confirming the matter to reporters, Election Commission Additional Secretary Mokhlesur Rahman said: “We will celebrate voters’ day for the first time in Bangladesh’s history on March 1. Experiences of different countries, especially of India will be utilized to make the event more successful.”

Meanwhile, the commission officials added that CEC KM Nurul Huda and Joint Secretary of Election Management Section Farhad Ahmed Khan will travel to India to join the country’s voters’ day celebrations. 

The CEC, accompanied by his wife Hosne Ara Huda, will visit India on January 23, and is scheduled to return home on January 28. The commission’s Joint Secretary of Election Management Section Farhad Ahmed Khan will leave for India on January 23 and is scheduled to return to Dhaka on January 26.

Commenting on the matter, Election Commission Joint Secretary and Director (Operations) for NID Registration wing, Abdul Baten said: “India has invited the CEC to participate in their National Voters’ Day celebration. 

“The experience gathered by him about the technical aspects of this event will then be utilized in Bangladesh. Awareness will be raised among Bangladeshs voters regarding issues such as the removal of deceased voters from the list.”

Baten added that a commission meeting will be held on Tuesday to discuss and finalize these matters.

According to the commission officials, the National Voters’ Day celebration will be organized across the country on March 1. In this regard, the Election Commission has formed a central committee, which will monitor four other committees. 

A total of 28 members will work in the central committee; the commission secretary will be its president and a deputy secretary will be its member secretary. The central committee will be supported by several other regional committees.

These supporting committees will organize various events to mark the National Voters’ Day, and the central committee will monitor them.

The commission officials added that these committees will also ensure the presence of all upazila-level officials, involving local public representatives and all religious places of worship—including mosques and temples—to raise awareness among the masses.

“During National Voters’ Day celebrations in Bangladesh, we will create awareness among the voters on the issues of new enlistments and the importance of national ID cards,” Baten told the Dhaka Tribune.

India will celebrate National Voters’ Day on January 25. The country will lead several initiatives to celebrate the day and to inspire young voters.