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BCC polls: Presiding officer returns EVM memory cards after a month

  • Published at 05:56 pm September 1st, 2018
Barisal City polls

The commission on Thursday started extended investigation on alleged irregularities in more than 26 polling centers of Barishal City Corporation Election

A presiding officer of Barishal City Corporation (BCC) polling centre returned SD (Secure Digital) memory cards of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) to an Election Commission investigation team on Thursday, after holding onto them for a month.

Khondaker Mizanur Rahman, joint secretary (Election Management-2) who leads the four-member investigation committee as convener, made the disclosure on Friday.

Speaking with the reporters, he said: The abovementioned memory cards were used in EVMs at Commerce Faculty Building centre-2 of Govt BM College centre during Barisal city polls on July 30.”

The convener also revealed that the EC investigation team will submit a report to the commission within 15 days after concluding the probe.

Meanwhile, Md Kamruzzaman, presiding officer of the centre and an English teacher at Govt Barisal College, said: “After the polls concluded, I held onto those memory cards for a month as per the instruction of on-duty EVM experts from the EC.

“They told me to return the cards only after receiving specific instructions to do so.

Kamruzzaman continued: My act of holding onto the memory cards had no effect on the polls, as the result sheets were printed out from those EVMs and delivered to the polls officials after casting of ballots ended.”

The commission on Thursday started extended investigation on alleged irregularities in more than 26 polling centers of Barishal City Corporation Election. 

The investigation began at the Regional Election Office, by collecting statements from presiding, assistant presiding and polling officers, officials of deployed law enforcing agencies and others involved in election process of those centers.

Around 200 people involved in the polling process were also questioned.

From August 11 to 14, the commission investigated around 30 polling centres, taking the total number of centres under investigation to 56.

Other three members of the EC investigation committee are- Farhad Hossain, acting deputy secretary of EC, Shahid Abdus Salam, deputy director training of election training institute and Md Shah Alam, senior assistant secretary (Establishment-2).