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EC won’t engage in dialogue with political parties before polls

  • Published at 03:11 pm August 16th, 2018
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Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed briefs reporters at the commission’s Agargaon office on Thursday Dhaka Tribune

He says the polls schedule will be announced in November

The Election Commission (EC) on Thursday ruled out the possibility of holding any dialogue with political parties before the upcoming general election.

Talking to reporters after a meeting of election commissioners at Nirbachan Bhaban, EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed also said the Commission has already completed 80% of its preparations for holding the 11th parliamentary polls.

"Around 80% preparations have been completed for the next parliamentary elections. So, there's no possibility to engage in any talks with political parties ahead of the election," he said.

The EC secretary said the election schedule is likely to be declared in the first week of November as the election may be held in the last week of December.

Before the announcement of the election schedule, he said the Commission will hold a meeting to assess its overall preparations for conducting the election.

“We are working to declare the election schedule in the first week of November and the election is likely to be held in the last week of December … Other matters will be decided at the EC meetings,” Helaluddin said.

Earlier, a meeting of the election commissioners was held with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair.

Helaluddin said a separate meeting will be held for the preparation of the next national polls, where different issues, including lists of voters, voting centers, ballot papers, and equipment, will be discussed.

He also said the Forum of Election Management Bodies of South Asia (FEMBoSA) Conference will be held on September 5 and 6 in Dhaka. 

Parliament Speaker, Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, will inaugurate the conference, he added.

UNB and BSS contributed to this report