EC writes to Cabinet wishing to remain NID programme authority
Imrul Hossain for DOT
 The Election Commission (EC) has written to the Cabinet Division arguing that the National Identity Card (NID) registration process should be in their hands, reports Bangla Tribune.  The letter said the EC has no separate manpower and infrastructure for NID services. If the responsibility of NID is given to someone else, the service will be disrupted and there is a risk of legal complications. It would be appropriate to keep this service with the Election Commission.
 The EC sent the letter to the cabinet secretary on Tuesday. A copy of the letter signed by EC Deputy Secretary (Establishment) Mohammad Enamul Haque has also been sent to the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister and the Secretary, Department of Security Services, Ministry of Home Affairs.
 Earlier on May 17, the Prime Minister’s Office sent a letter to the Cabinet Secretary to shift the NID’s registration from the EC to the Home Ministry’s Security Services Division. In response to that letter, a letter was sent on May 24 from the Cabinet Division to the EC Secretary and the Secretary of the Security Services Department. The EC replied to the letter yesterday.
 The letter mentioned how the NID was prepared with the voter list through the EC, the formation of a pool fund with the help of UNDP and eight countries, the NID Registration Act 2010 giving the EC the responsibility to prepare the NID. It is said that for the proper management of the voter list database, the Election Commission Construction of Server Stations for the Electoral Database (CSSED) project through a tripartite agreement with the UNDP and the Department of Economic Relations of the government at the upazila, district, regional level electors. As per the executed agreement, these physical and technical infrastructures have been earmarked for the various levels of officials of the Election Commission.
 The letter said that the constitutional power given to the Election Commission to compile the voter list was not given to any other ministry or agency, adding that it was not possible for any other ministry or agency to complete such a task. Besides, according to the Voter List Rules, 2012, the Upazila / Thana Election Officer acts as the Registration Officer.