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EC bans journalists' motorcycles on election day

  • Published at 12:03 am December 23rd, 2018
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File photo of Nirbachan Bhaban, which houses the offices of the Election Commission and its secretariat, in Dhaka's Agargaon Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

It also stated that television channels would not be allowed to live broadcast from inside the polling centres

The Election Commission has decided not to issue press stickers for journalists’ motorcycles in the upcoming general election. 

EC’s decision that came yesterday as part of a set of poll coverage guidelines made for media will effectively ban journalists’ using motorcycles on December 30. 

However, EC will issue stickers for other modes of vehicles such as sedans and micro buses for journalists to cover election.    

EC Joint-Secretary SM Asaduzzaman on Saturday issued the guidelines for journalists. 

The guideline also bans live streaming in social media sites including Facebook from the polling booths. It said, not more than one journalist would be allowed inside a polling centre at a time.

It also stated that television channels would not be allowed to live broadcast from inside the polling centres.

On Friday, the Home Ministry issued a circular imposing ban on unauthorized motorcycles in the street for four days from December 29.      

Earlier, on December 15, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda said that no live telecast or telephone conversation would be allowed from polling centres during voting.

“Journalists, however, can use mobile phone to take photographs inside the polling centres and broadcast live from the corridor or the ground of the polling centres,” he said at a press conference the EC media centre.

He urged journalists not to enter polling stations in large groups at a time.