The first-ever computerized voters-list, with photographs of more than 80 million electors in Bangladesh, is ready ahead of the December 29 parliamentary election, the United Nations, which helped to compile it, has said. The list took 11 months to compile and an audit by the Washington-based International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) has certified that it has been compiled with a "high degree of accuracy" and no "ghost" voters were found. "An independent audit of the list by IFES has concluded that the list was compiled with a 'high degree of accuracy', and no 'ghost voters' were found," the UN Development Programme (UNDP) said in a statement yesterday. "We are pleased that the current voter list has passed the scrutiny of an independent team of auditors because a credible voter list is an essential ingredient for all free and fair elections," UN Resident Coordinator Renata Dessallien said, adding the upcoming election represents an historic opportunity for Bangladesh in re-establishing democracy. The new roll was designed by the Bangladesh Election Commission, with support from the Bangladesh Army and financial assistance from UNDP, Denmark, the European Commission, South Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and Britain UNDP also provided technical and logistical support for preparation of the roll, for which over 10,000 laptops, digital cameras and finger print scanners were used, all aimed at creating a fraud-proof voter roll. "In comparison with assessment of voter lists created during previous voter registration efforts in Bangladesh, the voter list for the December 2008 election has effectively registered the universe of eligible voters in Bangladesh, and accomplished this with a great deal of accuracy in capturing the particulars for individual voters," the audit concluded.