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CEC assures BNP that army will not sit idle

Earlier the CEC announced that the army will be deployed in a limited capacity after December 15

Update : 25 Nov 2018, 09:20 PM

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has assured BNP leaders that the army will not sit idle if anything untoward takes place during the 11th general election.

The CEC said this to BNP Vice Chairman Major Hafizuddin Ahmed, Bir Bikram, when he went to meet him at his office on Sunday.

Major Hafiz said: “I asked the CEC whether the army will keep silent or take measures if any unwanted situation occurs. The CEC replied that the army will resist violence and take whatever action is necessary to tackle any unwanted matter and will keep the situation calm during the elections.”

The former minister said he won six times from his Bhola 3 constituency but now he cannot even visit his own area because of false cases and fear of harassment.

Questioned, Hafiz said he came to meet with the CEC at the directive of BNP Secretary General, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

Hafiz said: “BNP leaders and activists are being arrested all over the country on false and ghost cases. Like me, a huge number of them cannot even go back to their own areas.

“I have told the CEC about the false cases and harassment against me after the election schedule was declared. He said he will instruct the police to take action regarding these issues. He has assured us they will not tolerate any kind of violence.”

Earlier, the CEC announced that the army will be deployed in a small capacity after December 15 .

Regarding the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), Hafiz said voting machines are controversial all over the world and even Germany has stopped using such machines.

“EVMs are operating only in some states of neighbouring country India. But this machine is not used in developed democracies and most European countries do not have it as well,” said Hafiz.

He added: “We hope the Election Commission will consider our demand to not use EVMs in the upcoming election.”

Earlier , in a televised speech on November 8, the CEC announced elections would commence on December 23. But later, due to applications from some political parties, elections were postponed to December 30 instead.

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