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Parliament passes Voter List (Amendment) Bill 2020

  • Published at 08:08 pm January 26th, 2020
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File Photo of Bangladesh Parliament Syed Zakir Hossain/ Dhaka Tribune

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq moved the bill in the House, with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair, and was unanimously passed by voice votes on Sunday

The parliament has passed that Voter List (Amendment) Bill, 2020, in an amended form by the parliamentary standing committee with an aim at extending the timeframe for updating the voter list.

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq moved the bill in the House, with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair, and was unanimously passed by voice votes on Sunday.

Earlier, three opposition lawmakers — Rowshan Ara Mannan of Jatiya Party and Rumeen Farhana aned Md Harunur Rashid of Bangladesh Nationalist Party—opposed the passing of the bill and demanded public opinion on the bill. However, their demands were rejected by voice votes.

According to the bill, the amendment has been made to the existing “Voter List Act, 2009” to increase the timeframe of updating the voter list as it is difficult to update the voter list within the existing 29 days from January 2 to January 31.

As the Cabinet Division decided to observe March 2 as the National Voters’ Day, it has been proposed in the bill that the timeframe for updating the voter list from ‘January 2 to January 31’ will be replaced by the timeframe from ‘January 2 to March 2’.

Earlier on January 23, the parliamentary standing committee report on the Voter List (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was placed before the house.