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EC secretary: MPs cannot use national flag, govt facilities for campaigning

  • Published at 10:54 pm November 27th, 2018
Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed
File photo of Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed UNB

The remarks came from Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed while talking to reporters after a meeting at the Secretariat in Agargaon on Tuesday

Members of parliament (MPs) cannot use national flag and other government facilities when campaigning for election, said Election Commission as a step to ensure a level playing field.

The remarks came from Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed while talking to reporters after a meeting at the Secretariat in Agargaon on Tuesday.

Helal said: "It has come to our notice that MPs are going around in their private vehicles with national flag. They cannot use government facilities or fly the national flag in their vehicles prior to the election. It is a violation of code of conduct."

He also added that, speakers fitted onto government vehicles cannot be used for campaigning purposes as it falls under government facility.

The commission secretary said helicopters cannot be used other than normal transportation referring to the fact that leaflets and posters are thrown down from helicopters for campaigning.

Replying to a question whether BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia will be able to contest the election or not, the secretary said the Election Commission will side with the court ruling.

He further stressed that parties cannot organize showdowns or rallies while submitting nomination papers to returning officers on Wednesday.

“Candidates will have to follow the election code of conduct while collecting and submitting the nomination forms,” said Helal Uddin.

Candidates have been asked not to start their election campaign before December 10 as the election symbols will not be allocated before that time.

The 11th parliamentary election is scheduled to be held on December 30.