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2 EC officials transferred for irregularities

  • Published at 10:33 pm August 30th, 2019
Election Commission
File photo of Nirbachan Bhaban, which houses the offices of the Election Commission and its secretariat, in Dhaka's Agargaon Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Following the president's order, Assistant Secretary Mohammad Shohidur Rahman signed the transfer orders on August 27

Following a recent media report that claimed Election Commission (EC) officials misappropriated the honorarium that they were supposed to receive as speakers, course advisers and directors at various polls-related programs, the commission has transferred two of its officials.

Following the president's order, Assistant Secretary Mohammad Shohidur Rahman signed the transfer orders on August 27.

The EC officers have been asked to leave their respective workplaces by August 27 otherwise they will be treated as immediately released from August 29.

Mostofa Faruque, directorate general of Election Training Institute (ETI), has been posted as the Regional Election Officer of Faridpur, while SM Asaduzzaman, director (Communication), as the Regional Election Officer in Sylhet.

Meanwhile, Nuruzzaman Talukder has been promoted as ETI DG from Faridpur Regional Election Officer and Israil Hussen has been promoted as the director (communication) at the EC secretariat.

The CEC, four commissioners, EC secretary, an additional secretary and two joint secretaries, have pocketed over Tk 2 crore, allocated for delivering “special talks” at training programmes for the 11th national parliamentary election and the fifth Upazila Parishad polls.

When contacted, EC Secretary Mokhlesur Rahman said: “These changes are not related to the issue of the electoral training. It is not because of any allegation that two officers have been transferred. Under the administrative rules, any officer can be transferred any time.”

However, ETI Director General Mostafa Faruque denied the allegations of irregularities, saying that Tk612,512,750 was allocated for the training during parliamentary elections, and Tk14,500,100 has been deposited to the government treasury.

Besides, for the training of the five-phase Upazila Parishad, an amount of Tk617,581,750 had been allocated. Of this, Tk 4,775,600 has been deposited to the government treasury, he added.