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EC begins registration of expatriate voters

  • Published at 01:54 am November 6th, 2019
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File photo of Election Commission building Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Expatriate Bangladeshis will have to apply online through www.services.nidw.gov.bd

The Election Commission 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, reports UNB.

Imran was at the Bangladesh High Commission in Kuala Lumpur, while Huda at the Nirbachan Bhaban in Dhaka.

The expatriate Bangladeshis will have to apply online through www.services.nidw.gov.bd for getting registered as voters.

Besides, the commission will soon go to Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Maldives, Singapore and the United Kingdom to enrol expatriate Bangladeshis in the voter list.

The major countries having larger number of Bangladeshis include Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, Kuwait and Bahrain.

Since 1976 to 2019 (till September), 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).

Election Commissioners Mahbub Talukder, Rafiqul Islam, Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury and Kabita Khanam, the commission’s Senior Secretary Md Alamgir, and National Identity Registration Wing Director General Brig Gen Saidul Islam were present at Nirbachan Bhaban during Tuesday’s videoconference, while Bangladesh High Commissioner to Malaysia Md Shahidul Islam and other officials at the High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.