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CEC to returning officers: Treat all candidates equally

  • Published at 03:03 pm November 14th, 2018
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File photo of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda discussing electronic voting machines (EVM) at an event in Dhaka, November 12, 2018 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

He said all candidates must be given equal opportunities during the election

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has instructed assistant returning officers to treat all candidates equally. 

He made the statement at a briefing with the assistant returning officers of Dhaka and Mymensingh divisions—around 11:45am on Wednesday. 

He said: "All candidates must be given equal opportunities. No one should be able to breach the rules of conduct or get advantages." 

The chief commissioner said the officers-in-charge of police stations, upazila election officers, and assistant returning officers must coordinate to ensure a fair election.

KM Nurul Huda said the assistant returning officers must keep account of every poll center.

Some 172 assistant returning officers from both divisions participated in the workshop. The CEC will gradually have more workshops to brief the returning officers of other divisions.

Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said the deadline to remove electoral equipment has been extended by three more days.

When is the election?

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Monday announced a fresh schedule for the parliamentary election.

The commission said the polls will now be held on December 30 instead of December 23.

He said the deadline for submitting nomination papers is November 28 instead of November 19.