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Tuesday, 04 March 2008

Staff Correspondent

Two major political parties — BNP and Awami League— were absent from a UNDP-sponsored programme Sunday evening that thanked the Election Commission for completing half of the voter registration process with 40 million people enrolled by February 28.

Jatiya Samajtrantrik Dal faction president Hasanul Haq Inu boycotted the evening party at the Hotel Radisson in Dhaka over the presence of Jamaat–e-Islami aamir Motiur Rahman Nizami and secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid.

Apart from diplomats and high military officials, politicians including Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain, Communist Party of Bangladesh president Monzurul Ahsan Khan and general secretary Mujahidul Islam Selim, Workers Party general secretary Bimal Biswas, Samyabadi Dal general secretary Dilip Barua, Bikalpadhara secretary general Abdul Mannan, Liberal Democratic Party president Oli Ahmed joined the function. Speakers lauded the role of the Election Commission, the Armed Forces and all other stakeholders to keep the voter enrolment process on target.

The process would be completed within the timeframe declared earlier, they hoped. ‘We still have a lot of works to do. But we believe that we will do it within the timeframe as per the election roadmap,’ army chief general Moeen U Ahmed said at the function.

Referring to the halfway mark of voter registration reached February 28, he said that considering socio-political environment of the country, it was indeed a significant achievement. UNDP resident representative Renata Lok Dessallien said, ‘We are making a lot of noise about the voters list because its preparation has been so remarkable and, once completed, I have no doubt it will put Bangladesh on the map globally.’

‘You will have a lot of countries knocking at your door for advice on how to prepare a gold standard voters list,’ the UN official said. Touching upon the impact of reaching estimated halfway mark– 40 million voters registered - in February, the top UN diplomat in Dhaka said, ‘This is not only a remarkable achievement in its own right, it is also an important landmark on the nation’s roadmap to elections later this year.

And it is on schedule; it is on target.’ Chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda said, ‘This has belied all the doubts and misgivings about the response of the people and practicability of the enterprise… For all the good things happening on account of computerised voter registration, there is ample justification for celebrating its passing the halfway mark.’ Former national cricketer Atahar Ali Khan spoke at the function on behalf of the civil society.

The UNDP played the key role in mobilising $50 million (approximately Tk 345 crore) from nine development partners — European Commission, British DFID, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Korea and UNDP itself— for funding the voter enrolment project.

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