The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday said they have collected voter information from 2,437,331 people in order to update their registry before the upcoming elections.
EC’s acting secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said: “Our goal was to update the information of about 35 million people and so far we have been able to complete 70% of that target.”
He also said that the voter list has been updated with the names of 1,333,002 deceased along with 60,876 new voter applicants.
On July 25, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda inaugurated the voter list updating programme in Mymensingh.
By January 22, all information changes must be settled by the EC and the voter list will be finalised on January 31. A draft of the list will be published on January 2018.
EC to make Smart NID itself
The EC said it will start making the Smart National Identification (NID) cards on its own since the contract with the French company Oberthur Technologies has expired and will not be renewed.
The Election Commission’s acting secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed confirmed, saying: “The contract with France’s Oberthur Technologies will not be extended. We will not use external companies to do this any more but make the smart cards ourselves.
“We can hopefully deliver all the cards by the deadline of June 2018.”