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CEC: With more candidates, greater chances for a fair election

  • Published at 10:14 pm September 27th, 2018
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda speaks with journalists at the Bogra Deputy Commissioner’s office on Thurdsday, September 27, 2018 Nazmul Huda Nasim/Dhaka Tribune

The CEC was speaking with journalists at the Bogra Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office, after a meeting with administrative officials on Thursday

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has said he is expecting more candidates and political parties to participate in the upcoming 11th national election.

The CEC was speaking with journalists at the Bogra Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office, after a meeting with administrative officials on Thursday.

The CEC said: “The more the number of participating candidates , the more chance there is, of a fair election.”

He further said: “There is no time to individually sit with political parties’ before the election.” About the election registration process he said: “If any candidate of BNP does not participate in the election, it may be a risky move for the party.”

About deploying the army during election time, the CEC said: “It has not been decided yet.  After the election schedule is announced then we will decide about it.” Adding to it, he also said: “There is no chance to reschedule the election time. It will be held in due time and as mentioned in the constitution.”  

KM Huda said: “If people and political parties want, then Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used in the national election in a limited capacity, but the matter has not been finalized yet. The law should be amended in order to use EVMs and we have sent a proposal to the Ministry of Law, regarding this.

“If the proposal is accepted, then the EVMs will be displayed at ICT fairs at the district and upazila levels on October 4-5.”

The CEC said fake votes cannot be cast using EVMs. It will only work from 8am to 4pm on Election Day and the fingerprint of a voter cannot be given twice, which also assures everyone’s voting rights.

KM Huda said: “Coming to Bogra is not an election visit; rather, it is a visit to discuss the election process and its preparation with concerned officials . Everyone over here has assured me that the district is not risky for holding elections and a peaceful election can be held here.”

About journalists at the election polling centres, the CEC said: “They will perform their duties as usual but if the election officials see anything out of the ordinary, then journalists may not be allowed to stay at the polling centre for a long time. There is a policy about it which will be sent out before the election.

Bogra DC Nur-E Alam Siddique presided at the meeting.

Election Commission Joint Secretary Khandaker Mizanur Rahman, Bogra Superintendent of Police Ali Ashraf Bhuiya, Rapid Action Battalion 12 (RAB) Bogra Commander Major SM Rashed Hasan, Regional Election official Amirul Islam, and District Election official Dewan Sarwar Jahan, were present at the meeting, among others.