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EC to issue polls-time directives for security forces on Thursday

  • Published at 11:33 pm December 12th, 2018
File photo of Election Commissioner Md Rafiqul Islam Focus Bangla

Since the campaigns started across Bangladesh on Monday, numerous violent clashes and attacks between rival groups have taken place in different districts

The Election Commission will issue polls-time directives for security forces from a meeting with the law enforcement agencies on Thursday.

The directives will concern measures to maintain law and order before and after the vote.

Confirming the matter, Election Commissioner Md Rafiqul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune on Wednesday that the directives would also cover violent clashes and incidents that were taking place during the campaigns of candidates.

“We will give the necessary directives to the law enforcement officials from the meeting on Thursday, to ensure a smooth atmosphere during election campaigns,” he said.

He added that inquiry committees will look into these incidents before the 11th general election, scheduled for December 30.

On Wednesday, BNP submitted a written complaint to the commission, urging it to take measures to stop violence against its leaders and activists by ruling party activists.

On the other hand, Awami League claimed that its leaders and activists were being targeted by BNP men on the campaign trail.

The campaigns started across Bangladesh on Monday, after the commission officially allocated electoral symbols to candidates contesting the polls.

Since then, numerous violent clashes between rival groups have hit the country – leaving one dead in Noakhali and scores injured in many districts.

The Election Commission has expressed shock and embarrassment over the incidents.