Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq on Monday said the Election Commission (EC) must remain vigilant so that Rohingyas or citizens of other countries cannot become voters of Bangladesh illegally.
“If it is necessary, rules will be framed to ensure tough punishment for committing such offence. The government will provide all sorts of support in this matter,” he said.
The minister made the remark while addressing a meeting organised by the EC on the occasion of National Voters' Day at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre.
Anisul Huq said people trust the credibility of the voter list prepared by the EC from 2008 till now. “In such a situation, it will be EC’s responsibility to maintain the confidence of people in the future by continuing the process of formulating accurate voter list.”
Earlier today, a Rohingya man was arrested from Khulna while he was trying to obtain a Bangladeshi passport illegally.
Officials of the Khulna Divisional Passport Office caught the Rohingya man while he was providing his fingerprint for passport. He had used fake address and documents.
Bangladesh is currently hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar, and most of them arrived here after August 25, 2017.
There are allegations that Rohingyas are getting involved in various criminal activities and many of them have gone abroad using illegally obtained Bangladeshi passports.
In 2015, the then expatriates welfare and overseas employment minister said that an estimated 50,000 Rohingyas were staying in foreign countries using Bangladeshi passports.