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EC planning to deploy army at centres with EVMs

On November 8, Chief Election Commission KM Nurul Huda said the commission would use EVMs in a “small number of randomly selected voting centres” in urban areas

Update : 10 Nov 2018, 07:56 PM

The Election Commission (EC) is considering army deployment at polling centres where electronic voting machines (EVMs) will be used. 

“The commission is planning to deploy army at centres with EVMs to provide technical support and security,” EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed told reporters on Saturday. 

However, he said no discussion has been held with the army as yet regarding the matter. 

The army personnel will be provided training about EVM use before deployment, the commission secretary said.

He said the commission has no plan to reschedule the election date. “But if all parties reach a consensus on the issue, the commission will take a decision.”

On November 8, during his address to the nation, Chief Election Commission KM Nurul Huda announced that the 11th general election will be held on December 23, amidst repeated calls by newly formed alliance, Jatiya Oikya Front, to defer the schedule. 

He also said the commission would use EVMs in a “small number of randomly selected voting centres” in the urban electoral constituencies. 

Helal said the commission is not aware of the death of two persons in a clash between two Awami League factions in Dhaka’s Mohammadpur area. 

On Saturday two persons were killedwhile participating in a showdown organized by an Awami League aspirant before collecting nomination paper from the party’s Dhanmondi office. 

On whether collecting nomination forms by Awami League leaders with processions is a breach of code of conduct, the EC secretary said: “Voting is a festival in Bangladesh…We don't think it is a violation of code of conduct.”

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