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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 1837 of 1998
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Case Number: Writ Petition No. 1837 of 1998

Date of filing: 1998/06/29


1.Bangladesh Legal Aid and Service Trust (BLAST)

2.Md Abdul Mannan Khan

3.Abdullah- Al- Faruque


1. Chief Election Commission, Election Commission

2. Secretary, Election Commission Secretariat

3. Project Director, Voter ID Card Project

4. Deputy Commissioner, Jamalpur

5. Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC)


The Election Commission undertook a project for preparation and distribution of Voter’s Identity Cards, which were prepared and issued to voters. The project was approved by the Executive Committee of National Economic Council (ECNEC) and the period for completion of the project was extended a number of times, but at a final stage, the ECNEC, headed by the Prime Minister, refused to grant an extension and decided to stop the project.


Date: 07/09/1998


The High Court issued a Rule Nisi on 07.09.1998 on the respondents to show cause as to why they should not be directed to prepare and distribute voter ID cards within a reasonable period or before the Pauroshava elections in September, 1998 and why the decision to suspend the distribution of voter ID cards should not be declared to be without lawful authority.


Mr Justice MdMozammelHaque

Mr Justice ABM KhairulHaque

Area of law

Accountability and Institutional Reform


Voter ID Card Case

Relevant statute

Constitution, Articles 27, 31, 59, 118 and 119;

Electoral Rolls Ordinance 1982;

Representation of the People’s Order, 1972;

The Electoral Rolls (Amendment) Act, 1994;

The Dhaka City Corporation Ordinance, 1983;

The Dhaka City Corporation (Election of Commissioners and Mayor) (Direct election) Rules, 1983;

The Paurashava Ordinance, 1977;

The Paurashava Election Rules, 1977;

The Local Government (Union Parishad) Ordinance, 1983;

The Union Parishad Election Rules, 1983

Date: 09/04/2009


Therule was discharged for non-prosecution, after the Government recommenced the preparation of ID Cards and ensured their distribution to all eligible voters.

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