Secretary of the Election Commission Secretariat, Bangladesh Election Commission
Keywords: new technology, voter fraud, voter education, vote counting, results declaration, districting, boundary delimitation, election security, election violence, monitoring, communications, codes of conduct, voter registration
Interviewer(s): Varanya Chaubey
Country of Reform: Bangladesh
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Date: Tue Feb 17 2009
Humayun Kabir, a secretary at the Bangladesh Election Commission Secretariat, shares his experience in the 2008 Bangladeshi election. He talks about many aspects of the electoral process and how the newly constituted Election Commission dealt with them between February 2007 and December 2008. He details the voter-registration and boundary-delimitation processes and the multiple challenges the commission faced in accomplishing these tasks. He also highlights successful innovations such as the photographic voter registry and the use of transparent ballot boxes, which he credits with limiting post-election violence in 2008.
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Humayun Kabir- Full Interview
At the time of this interview, Humayun Kabir was a secretary of the Bangladesh Election Commission Secretariat. He joined the commission in 2007, shortly after it had undergone a significant restructuring exercise in response to the postponement of the 2007 Bangladeshi election. Prior to joining the Election Commission he was the managing director of the national insurance corporation, Sadharan Bima Corp. He also worked as joint secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, as deputy secretary of the Cabinet and in various capacities at other Bangladeshi ministries.