Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In the future Bangladeshi Expatriates Will be able to Vote in Elections from Abroad

For years, we, the Bangladeshi expatriates, have been demanding greater inclusion in matters relating to Bangladesh. One of the major demands has been the right to vote in elections from here without requiring us to travel to Bangladesh. Thanks to the relentless lobbying by directors and members of the BEC and NRB Council, USA, the Government of Bangladesh is moving in that direction.

You can read the news below from BDNews24:

Expatriate Bangladeshis will be able to vote from abroad, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Wednesday.
Necessary amendment to the Representation of People Order, 1972, will be made for this to happen,” Hasina told the Parliament in reply to Awami League MP Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun.

“Now expatriate Bangladeshis have to come to the country to vote in elections, but that will be no longer necessary” she said.

“The Representation of People Order, 1972, will be amended so that they can apply for exercising their voting rights from their locations abroad during the upcoming parliamentary elections.”

Humayun had asked if any steps were afoot to ensure expatriates could vote by ‘digitally’ from abroad.

The Election Commission is not considering that at the moment, Hasina replied.

The Wednesday budget session began after a day holiday chaired by Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury.

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