Bangladesh

Empowering the electoral participation of women in Bangladesh

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The project has created a photo voter list of 81 million people

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The Parliamentary Election in Bangladesh scheduled for January 2007 was called off due, in part, to an inaccurate electoral roll. Through the Preparation of Electoral Roll with Photographs (PERP) project, to which the EU is the biggest foreign contributor, the first ever computerised photo voter list of 81 million voters was compiled in less than a year. To encourage also female voters to register the project, a large number of female registration officers were recruited, separate areas for women were established and, women were educated through mosques & civil society on the acceptability under Islamic law of unveiling for photos used for official documents.