The Election Commission’s (EC) Tk 21 crore app, which helped voters find details about the election, like polling places, crashed the night before the election. As of January 1, EC Secretary Jahangir and other officials said that voters would be able to use the app to find out where they could vote.
But minimum 5 voters who tried to use the app told the Daily Star that they could not use it despite trying several times since January 6 evening. When reached out to for comment, EC System Manager Ashraf Hossain, said the accessibility issue is a temporary one and will be fixed soon. “We believe the number of users trying to access the app exceeded its traffic capacity,” he said. For voters who are yet to know who the candidates in their constituencies are, or even what constituencies they fall under, they can use the Election Commission’s app, Smart Election Management BD. Once you download the app, enter your date of birth and national ID number. Your polling centre with its address, voting serial number, and even details about other voters in your constituency show up at your fingertips.
The app will also keep you up to date with turnout numbers in your constituency every 2 hours.