A bill titled “Electoral Rolls (Amendment) Bill 2020” was placed in parliament today aimed at extending the deadline for updating voters’ list till March 2 instead of January 31 every year.
Law Minister Anisul Huq placed the bill which was sent to the parliamentary standing committee on the respective ministry for further scrutiny.
The parliamentary standing committee was also asked to submit its report before the House within three working days.
While placing the proposed law, the minister said the amendment was brought to the existing Electoral Rolls Act 2009 aiming to extend the timeframe till March 1 as it is difficult to update the voters’ list within only 29 days from January 2 to January 31 every year.
According to Article 11 of the existing Electoral Rolls Act 2009, there is a provision to update the voters’ list from January 2 to January 31 every year.
The law minister also said the cabinet meeting earlier also decided to observe the National Voters’ Day on March 2 instead of March 1 every year.