An evidence-based approach in addressing the increasing gender-gap in national voter registration has been demanded by IID during a press briefing organized by the Election Working Group and several other campaign partners. Syeed Ahamed, CEO of IID, emphasized on non-confrontational collaboration between government and non-government entities to encourage women’s registration in the voter list.
Citing a recent opinion survey, Syeed Ahamed argued that there is no apathy among women that can explain their decreasing number in voter list. For instance, 87 percent of both men and women in Bangladesh are interested to vote in upcoming elections, and higher percentage of rural respondents (88 percent) showed interest in voting than urban respondents (85 percent). Thus, higher gender gap in rural areas remains a mystery.