The Election Commission (EC) will start the countrywide voter list update process tomorrow.
Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad will inagurate the three-phase data collection for updating the list at 11:00am at Shilpakala Academy in Narsingdi town, said Director (Public Relations) of the EC SM Azaduzzaman yesterday.
Four election commissioners -- Abdul Mobarak, Abu Hafiz, Zabed Ali and Shah Nawaz -- and EC Secretary Sirazul Islam will be present at the programme, he added.
The EC will collect data of citizens born on or before January 1, 2000 during the door-to-door data collection from July 25 to September 22 this year.
Of them, only those who were born on or before January 1, 1998 will be registered as voters in 2016, while the remaining nationals in 2017 and 2018. With 2.5 percent growth of the country's exiting 9.62 crore voters, the commission estimates, some 24 lakh fresh voters will come out in 2016, and 48 lakh more in 2017 and 2018.
Enumerators will collect data in 189 upazilas from July 25 to
August 9 in the first phase, while in 184 upazilas from August 16 to 30 in the second phase and in 141 upazilas from September 7 to 22 in the third phase.
Possible voters who want to be registered need to have birth certificate, land deed (if any), education certificate (if any), house rent receipt or copies of utility bills, passport (if any), NID Number of father or mother or spouse, EC officials said.
Photographs and fingerprints of the nationals; born on or before
January 1, 1998; will be taken in three phases from August 11 to
October 20 at 5,400 possible registration centres.
Photographs and fingerprints of the remaining will be taken from October 22 to February 10.
The EC will make the draft voter list public on January 2 next to receive complaints.
After disposing of complaints, the commission will publish final list on January 31 next.
According to section-11 of the Voter List Act 2009, the EC will update the countrywide electoral rolls during January 2-31 every year.