Construction of Server Stations for the Electoral Database

What is the project about?

Construction of Server Stations for the Electoral DatabaseFor the first time, Bangladesh has safe and secure servers to store its national voter list. These servers now hold more than 92 millions voter information, and it is the most credible list ever in the history of the country. Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

The Construction of Server Stations for the Electoral Database (CSSED) project was implemented as a follow-up of the Preparation of the Electoral Roll with Photographs project, which aimed to create a complete biometric voter list for the 2008 national elections. As the number of registered voter was considerable, 81 million voters being on the list, a dedicated computer network and server infrastructure was needed to store securely and efficiently this newly gathered information. It has been created in partnership with the Election Commission, the Local Government Engineering Department and the Public Works Department.

The CSSED project enabled the establishment of rooms to hold the servers in Upazilas (smallest tier of governance in Bangladesh), local districts buildings, and at the regional level, as well as the construction of dedicated buildings where needed. Architectural and engineering designs were created, land was acquired in certain cases, and particular attention has been given to electrical connectivity, and sanitation. An engineering management firm has been hired to closely monitor activities related to construction to ensure high quality standards.

What have we accomplished so far?

The project has made significant progress in constructing server stations with the Local Government Engineering Department.

  • 401 server stations are nearing completion or have been created. It includes three to four server rooms per Upazillas, 10 police headquarters (thana) server stations, 54 district server stations and nine larger multi-story regional server stations.
  • Extensive monitoring of the construction activities has been done in partnership with the hired engineer firm and the Electoral Commission, thus building the capacity of the latter.
  • An increased capacity of the Local Government Engineering Department staff to critically review and prepare designs of high quality and tender documents.
  • On completion of CSSED, the Bureau of Election Commission will have an extensive infrastructure to interact with the public at local levels, as the voter registration system will be open for continuous updating. For the first time, citizens will be able to both register and change their voter details locally. The efficiency and safety of the computer infrastructure adds to the credibility of the voter list and contributes to the public’s trust in their electoral process.

Who finances it?

Donor Amount
Government of Bangladesh $ 35,953,885.00
UN Department of Political Affairs $ 14,040,429.97
Department for International Development of the United Kingdom $ 8,097,058.97
Netherlands $ 5,943,371.00

Delivery in previous fiscal years

Year Amount
2012 $  2,231,550.43
2011 $  3,544,448.52
2010 $  5,172,253.80
2009 $  230,061.63 

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