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EC: Unaware of attack on Dr Kamal’s convoy

  • Published at 08:16 pm December 14th, 2018
Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed addresses a press briefing at the commission office in Agargaon, Dhaka on Friday, December 14, 2018 Focus Bangla

The commission secretary says they are also yet to receive a written complaint

The Election Commission has said that it is yet to be notified formally about the attack on Dr Kamal Hossain’s motorcade in Dhaka’s Mirpur.

Talking to reporters at the commission’s office in Agargaon, its Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed on Friday said t they were yet to be notified about the attack, which Jatiya Oikya Front claimed was carried out by Awami League.

He said the commission was also yet to receive any written complaint in this regard.

Dr Kamal and other Oikya Front leaders were returning from the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial after paying homage in the morning, when the attack on their convoy took place.

At least seven or eight vehicles, including those belonging to him and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rab) President ASM Abdur Rab, were vandalized during the attack which also left at least 25-30 people, including Oikya Front’s candidate for Dhaka 14 constituency, Shahjahan Saju, injured.

Helal said: “The percentage of violence around the country amid the election campaigning would be 1% or 2%. We will not deny that. But we are ready to control the situation.

“We have issued directives to police regarding the situation. As soon as we receive any complaint, we are sending it to the police. The chief election commissioner has ordered police to take swift action as well.”

However, he said: “We are still to be notified about the attack on Dr Kamal’s motorcade and yet to receive any formal written complaint.”

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Polls duty and coordination

The commission secretary also told reporters that armed forces personnel, who will be deployed for 10 days from December 24 as a striking force, will coordinate with the returning officers and other law enforcement agencies in ensuring security during the elections.

“A total of 2,536 judicial and executive magistrates will exercise judicial powers during the polls. Of them, 652 executive magistrates will work to uphold the electoral code of conduct.

“Also, 122 inquiry committee and 640 judicial magistrates will be on duty for four days.”

Helal said that police, Rapid Action Battalion, Border Guard Bangladesh, Bangladesh Coast Guard, and the Armed Forces Division, would work alongside the executive magistrates.

He also added that none of the forces would be given magisterial powers.

The commission has also instructed all law enforcement agencies to not harass anyone or make any arrests without a warrant.