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CEC: Commission is embarrassed over election violence

  • Published at 07:31 pm December 12th, 2018
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Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda addresses a briefing of judicial magistrates, who have been selected to be put on election duty for four days during the ballot, at the Election Commission headquarters in Agargaon, Dhaka on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Focus Bangla

The EC chief made the comment during the briefing of judicial magistrates for the election on Wednesday

Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said the Election Commission was deeply shocked and embarrassed over the election violence that took place in several districts on Tuesday.

"We confidently said yesterday [Tuesday morning] that no untoward incident would occur in the election. But what happened yesterday has embarrassed us. We are shocked as well,” he said while briefing judicial magistrates, to be put on election duty for four days during the ballot, at the Election Commission headquarters in the city.

Noting that the attack on BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at Thakurgaon is unexpected, KM Huda said: "It can never be expected. We are embarrassed."

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Over the killing of two people in election violence in Noakhali and Faridpur on Tuesday, Nurul Huda said the life of a person is more valuable than the whole election. “Tuesday's killing of two people embarrassed us [the Election Commission] a lot,” he said.

The CEC urged everyone to find ways to leave the path of violence.

He also requested all leaders, activists and supporters of political parties to be patient and follow the electoral code of conduct.

CEC Nurul Huda asked everyone not to obstruct the electioneering of their opponents and to be respectful to each other's democratic rights by refraining from any kind of provocation.

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He directed the judicial magistrates to be cautious so the situation does not turn violent in the election.

"An election environment must be ensured. Assure people that the election is a matter of exercising the voting and democratic rights, not violence," he told the judicial magistrates, asking them to put a stop to the trend of violence and the breaching of the electoral code.

The CEC hoped that the election, slated for December 30, would be a competitive one.

Election Commissioners Mahbub Talukder, Rafiqul Islam, Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury and Kabita Khanam, and Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed also spoke on the occasion.