Nine major development partners will provide approximately 50 million U.S. dollars to Bangladesh to prepare the voter list with photographs for holding credible elections.
According to a press release Monday by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) office in Bangladesh, nine development partners including the European Commission, UNDP and other seven countries have come forward to assist Bangladesh through a UNDP project called "Preparation of Electoral Roll with Photograph" ( PERP).
The UNDP Monday signed an agreement with Bangladesh Election Commission (EC) and the Economic Relations Division under finance ministry, to initiate the project. The project will be implemented by the EC which is responsible for preparing the voter list with photographs along with other relevant activities.
The project will help to establish the technical infrastructure and other requirements necessary to complete the photo voter list. This includes funding the information and communications technology (ICT) equipment, such as laptops, webcams and fingerprint scanners, required for completing the nationwide digital voter registration.
The project will also establish and strengthen the system necessary to update the photo voter list following the next parliamentary elections.
The photo voter list will be completed by using a software solution that can electronically record voter information from a registration form, along with digital photographs, fingerprint scanners and signatures or thumb prints.
According to the roadmap announced by the EC in mid July, the preparation of the voter list with photographs which has already started will be completed by October 2008 while the general election will be held by end of next year.