The Election Commission (EC) has taken strict measures to prevent the Rohinyas from getting enrolled as voters during the ongoing voter list updating programme in the country's four southeastern districts.
As part of the move, the EC has identified 32 Rohingya inhabited upazilas of the districts of Cox's Bazar, Bandarban, Rangamati and Chittagong as special areas and directed all concerned to keep strong surveillance on the refugees from neighbouring Myanmar, EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed informed on Thursday, reports BSS.
"The officials involved with the voter registration process in the Rohingya inhabited 32 special areas have been instructed to scrutinize, examine and review the voter forms accurately so that refugees cannot be enrolled as voters," he added.
The 32 special areas marked by the EC include all the eight upazilas of Cox's Bazar, all the seven upazilas of Bandarban, eight upazilas (except Naniarchar and Kaukhali) of Rangamati and nine upazilas of Chittagong district.
The nine upazilas of Chittagong are Lohagarah, Satkania, Patiya, Chandanish, Boalkhali, Banskhali, Rangunia, Anwara and Karnaphuli.
A 14-member special committee led by respective Upazila Nirbahi Officers (UNO) has been formed at all the upazilas to keep the Rohingyas out of voter lists.
In coordination with different intelligence agencies, local public representatives and special committees, the EC is monitoring the voter registration process in the special areas, said the EC secretary.
But the Rohingyas are trying to be enrolled as voters showing fake names of parents and fake citizenship certificates, he added.
Earlier, the EC issued a warning that legal actions would be taken against those who will help the Rohingyas directly or indirectly to get enrolled as voters.
Helaluddin said, in view of the current Rohingya influx into the country, the deadline of the voter registration process at the special areas was extended by 15 days till November 20.
The schedules of publishing draft and final lists of the eligible voters, including data entry and upload, however, will remain unchanged, he added.
The EC completed its door-to-door data collection process of eligible voters from July 25 to August 9. And activities of the data entry in computers at the registration centers began on August 20 in three phases.
The EC will publish the draft voter lists on January 2, 2019 and the final voter lists on January 31 in the same year.