The Election Commission (EC) of Bangladesh has chalked up a plan to start providing National Identity Cards (NIDs) to expatriate Bangladeshis on a trial basis.
The EC plans to begin the trial project with the expatriates living in Singapore.
EC NID wing Director General Brigadier General Mohammad Saidul Islam confirmed the matter stating that they have planned to launch the test run in Singapore considering the “fewer” hassles regarding passport, visa and other papers of the Bangladeshis working in the small city state.
“We want to give smart NID cards to the expatriate Bangladeshis,” said Saidul Islam.
“It’s a small country (Singapore). If we succeed there, we will be able to provide the expatriates with NID services in other countries as well,” he added.
Meanwhile, EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed has said they want start the project to enrol expatriates as voters through the Bangladesh missions abroad.
Currently, more than 100,000 Bangladeshis work in Singapore; most of whom have machine readable passports or MRPs.
On the other hand, the total number of Bangladeshis living abroad was around 7.5 million as of mid-2017.