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Update of voter list begins today

Transgenders to be enlisted for first time
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka
Update of voter list begins today

The Election Commission (EC) is going to start gathering data to update the voter list, targeting about eight million citizens across the country, from today.    According to EC sources, the commission will collect data on citizens who are over 16 years old—born on or before January 1, 2003. They will be enrolled as voters once they are 18.

And information about 80 lakh citizens will be collected in this round from 135 upazilas.

Representatives of the commission will go from door to door in each constituency until May 13 to enlist new voters. And registration and collection of fingerprints at designated centres will continue from May 25 to October 30, said the sources.

The commission has already assigned 52,500 data collectors, 10,500 supervisors and 780 assistant registration officers for the job. More than 40,000 polling stations of the last general election will be used in the registration process.

Besides, the names of dead voters will be dropped from the new voter list and citizens will also be able to change their electoral areas.

For the first time, the commission has added transgenders to the voter registration form, along with male and female. Previously, only men and women were registered as voters, as there was no third option.

Five years since the State has recognised transgenders as the third gender, the Election Commission, by amending the Voter List Act 2009 and the Voter List Rules 2012, have included this third option under the gender identity section of the voter list. Besides, the National Identity Registration Wing has formed a special committee to monitor Rohingya-prone areas, so that no one can get citizenship without having eligibility.

Brigadier General Saidul Islam, director general of the National Identity Registration Wing, said a special committee has been formed to monitor the overall situation so that both Rohinghyas and Bangladeshis not eligible for getting citizenship do not get the chance to become citizens. According to sources, there are around 104.15 million voters in Bangladesh. Among them, over 52.5 million are male and about 51.65 million female.

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