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EC finalises election observer policy

Update : 21 Nov 2013, 07:52 PM

The Election Commission (EC) has finalised the Election Observer Policy for the next parliamentary elections.

Locals would have to apply to the secretary of the commission for observing the next parliamentary polls within three days after the announcement of the polls schedule, SM Asaduzzaman, director of public relations of EC, told the Dhaka Tribune on Thursday.

According to the observer policy, an election observer would have to be a minimum of 25 years of age and have a minimum qualification of SSC and HSC with pass marks. The rules also stated that an observer could not be related with political parties and its candidates.

The election observers would have to submit a report to the commission within a month after the elections.

EC sources said around 200,000 observers may be appointed for the 10th parliamentary elections. However, sources said 14 local NGOs have already applied to the EC for permission to observe the elections.

In 2008 parliamentary elections, the EC allowed 120 NGOs to observe the polls. The commission also gave permission to 20 foreign observing agencies. About 168,000 foreign and local observers were appointed for observing the elections.

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