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Election Commission

Voters to get smart NID cards in March

The Election Commission is going to start distribution of smart National Identity (NID) cards among voters on March 26 as it expects to begin the card generation process within a month. Around nine crore voters of the country would get smart NID cards free of cost, said EC Secretary Sirazul Islam. The commission had recently singed an agreement with French company Oberthur Technologies for producing the smart cards, he told reporters at a press briefing at the EC media centre in...

Updated Voter Roll

46 lakh new voters added

Around 46.72 lakh new voters -- 26.25 lakh male and 20.46 lakh female -- have been added to the existing list of 9.19 crore across the country, according to the draft of the updated voter list published by the Election Commission yesterday. The new roll is now available at district and upazila election offices, ward councillors' offices in city corporations and municipalities as well as union parishad offices, and on www.ec.org.bd, www.ecs.gov.bd, and www.services.nidw.gov.bd. EC Secretary Sirazul Islam yesterday informed this...

ACC drops probe on AL MP Enamul’s wealth

ACC drops probe on AL MP Enamul’s wealth

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has dropped its investigation on the wealth of ruling Awami Legaue lawmaker Enamul Haque saying that the allegations against him were false. The Rajshahi-4 lawmaker came under the graft radar following an ACC report alleging that he had hidden Tk 215 crore worth asset in his wealth statement submitted to...

Did AL fulfil its pledges?

Did AL fulfil its pledges?

Have Your Say Based on the pledges the AL made during the 2008 election, The Daily Star made a wish list on Jan 6, 2012. Three years down the line, how much has the government delivered? Leave your comments and let us publish your thoughts. 1. Resolve stalemate over caretaker government 2. Form an acceptable Election...

Delay due to ministry

The Election Commission yesterday blamed the LGRD Ministry again for delaying the elections to Dhaka City Corporations, saying the ministry did not complete boundary demarcation which is a must for holding the long delayed polls. "We have repeatedly sent letters to the ministry asking it to complete the demarcation. But the ministry kept saying it was working on it," Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad told reporters at the EC's media centre. His statement came a day after the Prime Minister...

Arrest warrant for Khoka, 8 others

Arrest warrant for Khoka, 8 others

A Dhaka court today issued arrest warrants against former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and eight others in a case filed for hurling crude bombs at the Election Commission office in October last year. After accepting the charges against Khoka and eight others, Judge Jahurul Haque of the Metropolitan Sessions Judge’s Court passed the order.    The order came after Sub-Inspector Moshiur Rahman, also the investigation officer of the case, appealed to the court to issue an arrest warrant against Khoka and eight others as they were shown fugitives in the charge sheet. The court asked officers-in-charge (OCs) of different police stations to submit by February 11 reports on execution...

Election project may lose fund

International donors plan to reduce financial assistance to the Election Commission following the "one-sided" parliamentary polls on January 5 and the subsequent "controversial" upazila elections. The assistance comes through the five-year Strengthening Election Management in Bangladesh (SEMB) project administered by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with financial cooperation from the European Union (EU), the UKaid and the USAID. "Following the one-sided 10th Parliamentary Election on 5 January where elections didn't even take place in more than half of the constituencies...

Two lakh new voters listed in Dhaka city

Over two lakh new voters in the capital would be included in the updated electoral roll, said Election Commission officials yesterday. The EC went door-to-door for information about the new voters from September 1 to September 13. Now, the eligible people will have to go to the respective registration centres where photos would be taken and other necessary procedures done between September 18 and November 15, added the EC officials. During the updating of the electoral roll, those who are eligible...

Miscreants beat B'baria election officer

Unidentified miscreants severely beat up the election officer of Brahmanbaria this afternoon. Injured Belayet Hossain, the district election officer, was admitted to Brahmanbaria General Hospital with severe head injuries. A group of seven to eight people went to the election office and asked Balayet to enlist some names in the voter list around 1:15pm, said Akul Chandra Biswas, officer-in-charge (OC) of Brahmanbaria Police Station. As the officer asked them to contact the Dhaka headquarters of the election commission since the date of...

No need to check them

Ignoring the demand of experts and the civil society, the Election Commission said it would not scrutinise audit reports on annual incomes and expenditures of political parties. "As the reports are audited by registered chartered accountants, we don't need to scrutinise those anymore. Those reports are acceptable to us," said Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad. "Besides, there is no legal provision to audit the reports by the Election Commission," he said at a press conference held at the media centre...

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