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Dhaka awash with political posters, in clear violation of EC’s directive

  • Published at 11:56 pm November 18th, 2018
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A man takes down election posters from a roadside wall in Dhaka on Sunday Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Banners, posters, and graffiti seeking nominations from Awami League, BNP, and Jatiya Party, were found in different areas of South and North City Corporations

Even after the Election Commission (EC) on November 9, directed all nomination seekers to remove their campaign posters and banners by November 18, the Dhaka Tribune has found numerous cases in violation of this directive. 

Banners, posters, and graffiti seeking nominations from Awami League, BNP, and Jatiya Party, were found in different areas of South and North City Corporations (DSCC and DNCC), such as Bangshal, Chawkbazar, Lalbagh, Wari, Gulistan, Naya Paltan, Jatrabari, Dhanmondi, Motijheel, and Tejgaon.

Many people have said the campaign material began to appear after the first announcement of the election schedule on November 8.

The EC on Wednesday extended the deadline from November 14 to November 18 for nomination seekers to remove all their campaign material from the streets. 

However, on Friday, the EC asked the assistant returning officers (AROs) to take necessary steps to remove all kinds of campaign materials including posters and banners because the nomination seekers were not paying heed to the directive.

EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed said: “If the campaign material is not removed by the end of the deadline then the AROs will take the responsibility to do this.”

Shamim Hossain, an old Dhaka resident told the Dhaka Tribune: “Different markets and big buildings around here are still covered with posters of nomination seekers. Most of them are of—Dr Omor Bin Aziz known as Tamim, and Haji Salim of Awami League, Kazi Firoz Rashid, Tarek A Adel, and Haji Saifuddin Ahmed Milon of Jatiya Party.

“We have heard the EC asked them to remove all their posters but except for some at the intersection, most of them are still there.”  

DSCC Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon said: “Monitoring all of these thousands of posters is out of our control. Nobody sought our permission before putting them up.”