EC firm to complete smart NID card distribution this year

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PV Desk : The Election Commission is determined to complete the distribution process of the smart national identity (NID) cards across the country by December this year.

The machine readable cards are now being distributed in 37 districts and the distribution process will start in the remaining 27 districts in February.

“We think we’ll be able to complete the distribution of smart cards well before December next,” said Director General of the EC’s National Identity Registration Wing Brig Gen Mohammad Saidul Islam.

“Now we’re distributing the cards in 37 districts and we will start the distribution in the remaining 27 districts on February 1,” he told UNB.

The Commission on October 1, 2016 started the distribution of smart NID cards to replace the existing laminated ones, but it could complete hardly three percent cards’ distribution within the extended deadline of July 2017.

To expedite the distribution process, the EC is now procuring 2,000 Image Recognition Intelligence Software (IRIS) scanners and 2,000 fingerprint machines. The shipment of the scanners and machines was made on December 29 last, which will reach to the country soon, he said.