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CEC: EC has nothing to do with Khaleda’s election participation

  • Published at 09:06 pm February 14th, 2018
CEC: EC has nothing to do with Khaleda’s election participation
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said the Election Commission has nothing to do with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's participation in the next general election as it depends on the court’s decision. His remarks came during a meeting with a visiting European Parliamentary (EP) team, led by Chair of the South Asia Delegation of the EU Parliamentary Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs Jean Lambert, at the commission office in Dhaka. "The CEC told them that it is a matter of the court. If the court allows (her to participate in the election), the Election Commission has nothing to do. And if the court does not allow, the commission will have no role as well," the commission’s acting Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed told reporters after the meeting. On February 8, a Dhaka court sentenced former prime minister Khaleda Zia to five years in jail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case. As an EP delegation member wanted to know over the matter, CEC Huda told them that the commission would do everything as per the constitution and law, Helaluddin said replying to a question. However, he said, the present political situation or the matter of election violence did not come up during the meeting. Helaluddin also said they actually wanted to know about Bangladesh’s electoral process like who bear expenditures for arrangement of election. In reply, the commission said the government bears the expenditures according to the demand. The commission’s acting secretary and joint secretary (in-charge) SM Asaduzzaman had also attended the meeting.