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‘Army to be deployed across country’

Update : 22 Dec 2013, 02:52 PM

Army personnel will remain deployed from December 26 to January 9 across the country though the polls will not be held within 154 constituencies as the candidates of those constituencies have won the polls uncontested.

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuudin Ahmed made the statement during a press briefing at the Election Commission Secretariat in the capital’s Agargaon on Sunday.

The CEC added: “Polls will not be held in five districts since all candidates in those districts have won uncontested.”

“Under such circumstances, army deployment in those five districts depends on the government’s decision,” Rakib informed the journalists, adding: “According to what’s necessary, army will be deployed throughout the entire country including the 154 constituencies where the candidates have already won the polls unopposed.”

He also said the law and order committee would decide the exact number of army personnel that will be deployed in each district.

Earlier, a nine member delegation led by MK Alamgir met the CEC and assured him of the government’s assistance in holding the elections in a free, fair and credible manner.

The Election Commission has sent a formal letter to the Armed Forces Division seeking assistance for the upcoming 10th parliamentary elections. 

 The letter, signed by EC joint secretary Jesmin Tuli, was sent to Principal Staff Officer Lieutenant General Abu Belal Mohammad Shafiul’s office on Sunday.

The EC has scheduled January 5 for the 10th parliamentary polls.

Personnel from the Armed Forces Division will remain deployed from December 26 to January 9 across the country; the EC made the decision on Friday after holding a meeting towards this regard. 

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