ID Outstanding Achievement Award
Major General Shafiqul is Military Secretary of the Bangladesh Army, which has co-managed the Bangladesh Voter Registration Project with the Bangladesh Elections Commission. The project was launched to prepare biometric-based voter lists and issue national ID cards, in preparation for Bangladesh’s general elections to be held in December of 2008. The Army stepped in to assist in enrolling the citizens into the database with all the relevant biometric and biographical data, completing the mammoth task of registering more than 80 million voters with their photographs and fingerprints in just 11 months. In addition to helping ensure full and fair elections, the ability to verify one’s identity provides citizens access twenty-two different services managed or offered by the government.