Photographing Urdu-speaking voters from Monday
Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Election Commission starts photographing Urdu-speaking voters living in Dhaka camps on Monday, in the final leg of voter registration for Dhaka City Corporation, an official said.

The final voter list for DCC areas and supplementary list for Urdu-speaking voters would be complete by September 10, Dhaka divisional deputy election commissioner Biswas Lutfur Rahman told on Sunday.
He said from Wednesday to date filling up of registration form (information form-2) of about 12,000 Urdu-speaking voters in camps at Mohammadpur and Mirpur have been complete.
Deputy Secretary (Election) at the EC secretariat Mihir Sarwar Murshed said there are about 40,000 Urdu-speaking voters in 116 camps across the country including Dhaka.
The Election Commission plans to enlist them by August.
The High Court on July 21 ordered the Election Commission to enlist Urdu-speaking people as voters.
The Urdu-speaking voters reside in 15 districts including Dhaka, Nilphamari, Syedpur, Rangpur, Bogra, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Rajbari, Gaibandha, Narayanganj and Jamalpur.
The deputy election commissioner said as per rule there was no scope to become voter afresh in Dhaka.
The draft voter list of Dhaka City was published on July 27. As many as 34, 97,867 registered as voter in the list, while 18,523 appealed until August 11 for correction. Of them 16,717 got their photographs taken from Friday to Sunday.
The final voter list of the metropolitan city was scheduled to be published on September 4, but now it would take until September 10 to publish the full list including the supplementary list of the Urdu-speaking voters, said the deputy election commissioner.

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