On Sunday, President Md Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina received their new NID cards with biometric details.
Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakib Uddin Ahmad has inaugurated the distribution at the former enclave of Dashiarchharha in northern district Kurhigram.
The commission's PR Director SM Asaduzzaman told bdnews24.com voters at sector 1 and 2 of Uttara Model Town are receiving cards from the Uttara High School.
The other camp, set up at Siddheswari Girls' College, is distributing cards to residents of Ward 6 in Ramna, he said.
Voters got their new cards after submitting the old laminated ones and after providing biometric details.
Those who registered, but did not receive an NID card, will be required to show the registration slip to receive it.
The cards, with a unique 10-digit identification number for citizens, can be used for availing a host of other facilities apart from voting.
Help Desk 105
The EC's NID wing has set up a help desk to answer queries on the NIDS. Citizens have been asked to dial 105.
To know distribution date and centre type SC followed by a space then the 17-digit NID number (those with 13 digits must add their year of birth at the beginning) and send to 105.
The NID wing will let know detail over distribution dates and centres through a reply message.
Distribution in four Dhaka wards
Uttara's Election Officer Mohammed Shahjalal said smart card distribution has started on a trial basis to more than 63,000 voters of ward 1.
The distribution will go on in Uttara High School and College from Oct 3 to 22.
Ramna's Election Officer Mahbuba Mamata Hena said that voters of Ward 19 can collect smart cards from Siddeswari Girl’s High School and College from Oct 3 to 10, from Segun Bagicha High School in Ward 20 from Oct 13 to 20 and from Udayan School in Ward 21 from Oct 22 to 26.
Distribution in Kurhigram
Distribution of smart cards hit the former enclave of Dashiarchharha in Kurhigram where the CEC inaugurated the process in the morning.
Primarily, voters of Phulbarhi Upazila will be provided with smartcards. Residents of three unions of the former enclave will receive the cards eventually.
EC will eventually cover the whole country after finishing distribution in Dhaka and Kurhigram and end the whole process by December.
Distribution across the country in four phases
First phase: Two city corporations in Dhaka and Kurhigram.
Second phase: Khulna, Chittagong, Rajshahi, Barisal, Sylhet, Narayanganj, Comilla, Rangpur and Gazipur city corporations.
Third phase: 64 Sadar Upazilas.
Fourth phase: All other Upazilas.