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Shooting videos, photos of voting rooms during polls prohibited

  • Published at 08:36 pm November 30th, 2018
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File photo of a voter casting ballot during an election in Bangladesh Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Nobody else, including polling officials, will be allowed to enter the polling booth with the voter afterwards.

Shooting videos or photographs of the voting rooms during the 11th general election will be considered as criminal offenses, an Election Commission official said on Friday.

Joint Secretary Md Qamrul Hasan made the remark at a training session on the polls at the commission office in Dhaka’s Agargaon, reports BSS.

Addressing the trainees, he said: “At first, voters will mention their identities after entering voting rooms. Presiding officers and other officials concerned will conduct the voting process as per the electoral code of conduct to ensure a free, fair and neutral election.”

Nobody else, including polling officials, will be allowed to enter the polling booth with the voter afterwards, he said.

Only the visually impaired voters will be allowed to take someone of their choice to assist them in casting the ballot.

Qamrul said that the presiding officers would be responsible for preventing any sort of unfair practices in the voting rooms during the election on December 30.

The presiding officers in the polling centres would also hand over fake voters to the law enforcement officials, he said, adding that mobile courts would punish the fake voters on the spot.

Highlighting the electoral of code of conduct, the joint secretary said: “Election observers will not stay in a polling centre for a long time. Presiding officers will not be allowed to give interview to the observers.”