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EC decides not to consider officials’ transfer requests

  • Published at 03:14 pm November 27th, 2018
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BNP and Oikya Front had demanded that 92 police and administration officials be transferred ahead of the next polls

The Election Commission has decided not to take cognizance of BNP and Jatiya Oikya Front‘s recent letter demanding a transfer of 92 senior government officials—including the commission’s Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed. 

From now on, the commission will not accept anonymous letters, and it plans to prioritize complaints filed by candidates – instead of political parties – regarding issues related to the upcoming 11th general election. 

These decisions were taken at an informal meeting held on November 25, in Dhaka, confirmed Election Commission sources. However, the commission is yet to announce the details of that meeting through a formal briefing.

According to sources, the commission held the meeting on Sunday to discuss letters recently sent by BNP, Oikya Front and the 14-Party Alliance. BNP and Oikya Front had demanded that 92 police and administration officials be transferred ahead of the next polls.

Responding to a query, Election Commissioner Rafiqul Islam said: “We have reviewed some of the issues and have given the secretariat a number of directives.”

Discussing BNP’s demand for 92 officials to be transferred, Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin said: “Anyone can submit complaints or make demands, but action cannot be taken based on a complaint alone, it must have substance. We reviewed their demands, and will take action where necessary.

“We cannot transfer police and administration officials based on an individual’s list, and the commission has given directives in this regard. If the ministry concerned sends us formal letters, we will take necessary action. 

“We will also take into cognizance any complaints filed by candidates.”

The commission secretary added that any complaints submitted by non-candidates and anonymous people will not be taken into cognizance.

“We will not take cognizance of letters sent by political parties. Letters sent by the BNP lack substance, and the commission will not consider the demands made by them,” he said.