Law Minister Anisul Huq on Monday emphasised developing new technology so that voters can cast votes from homes.
He also suggested carrying out research into modern technology like Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) so that people can cast their votes easily.
“We need to develop such technology though which people can vote online from their homes,” the minister told a seminar.
The Election Commission (EC) arranged the seminar at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, marking the National Voters’ Day. EC’s Senior Secretary Md Alamgir Hossain chaired the programme.
Huq said the authorities concerned should think whether information about how many votes have been cast in a centre can be published online alongside the photos and ID numbers of the voters.
“It’ll help dispel doubt about the number and presence of voters,” he said.
The minister also said a system can be developed to provide confirmation slip to people who exercise their voting rights.
He said he believes that the programme will encourage people, especially the young, to be enlisted in voter lists and cast votes.
The Law Minister urged all eligible citizens, who are not yet included in the voter list, to enlist as voters and exercise their franchise to build Bangabandhu’s ‘Sonar Bangla’.
Speaking at the programme, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda presented information about the updated voter list.
He said there are now 10,98,19,112 voters in the country. Of them, he said 5, 54,82,530 are male and 5,43,36,22 female and 360 hijras (transgender).
Election commissioners Mahabub Talukder, Md Rafiqul Islam, Begum Kabita Khanam and Brig Gen (retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury also addressed the function.