Election Commision to handover smart cards to all voters by June-2016
28 February 2015, Nirapad News: The Election Commission (EC) is expected to handover smart cards to all 9 crore voters by June next year.
“We are working with an objective of giving smart cards to voters on the Independence Day on March 26 (2015). If we fail, we will at least start distribution of smart cards on that day by handing over symbolic cards,” told EC Secretary M Sirajul Islam.
He said the EC earlier signed a contract with a French company for manufacturing and distributing 9 crore smart cards. The duration of Taka 796.26-crore contract will end in June 2016.
EC sources said before giving smart cards, the voters have been given opportunities to correct mistakes, if any, in their National Identity (NID) cards. After the delivery of smart cards, the voters would have to pay money and apply for any correction. Therefore, all are being offered the scope to get their NID cards corrected free of cost now to avoid further hassles afterwards.
One can apply online for correction or changes in NIDs and for new voter registration. EC NID section chief Brig Gen Sultanuzzaman M. Salehuddin said the voters would be able to see his/her data online from now on.
If anyone turns 18, he or she can become a voter by giving necessary information online. One can also make an appointment online for changing his/ her photo, signature or fingerprint.
Online applications are also received for replacement of NID cards in the cases of damage or loss. The website for the jobs is www.ec.org.bd/Bangla. After logging in the website, one can enter the main page by clicking ‘NID online services’ on the right side. Besides, this will be available at www.nidw.gov.bd.
EC officials said, the voters would have to provide necessary evidences, if they want to change any information in the NID cards.
The voters in areas where there is no internet connectivity can apply for correction by submitting written applications. The EC will start manufacturing smart cards after end of corrections to be made by the existing voters.
To maintain security of smart cards, eight international certifications and standards have been ensured. Though there is a tendency of forging the existing NIDs, it would not be possible to forge the smart cards.
The microchips in smart cards will contain all information of a citizen. All online government facilities, including applying for jobs online, opening bank accounts, making passports and e-governance, could be availed through the smart cards.