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EC allows journalists to use motorbikes on election day

  • Published at 02:47 pm December 27th, 2018
File photo of press motorcycles parked by the curb Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The decision comes a day after the Editors’ Council wrote to the commission to lift its ban

The Election Commission has allowed journalists to use motorcycles during Sunday’s 11th general election across the country, provided that they display the commission’s approval sticker.

Asadul Haq, deputy director (public relations) of the commission, said on Thursday that the previous ban regarding motorcycles had been revoked.

“Journalists have already been provided with stickers and cards for covering the general election. They have to display the stickers on their motorcycles," he was quoted by UNB as saying.

The move came a day after the Editors’ Council wrote to the commission to ensure the mobility of journalists for election observing and media coverage.

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A week earlier, the Election Commission had announced that it would not issue press stickers for journalists’ motorcycles, for the upcoming polls, and would only provide stickers to other modes of transport such as sedans and micro buses, for them to cover the election.

The authorities concerned also banned movement of all motor vehicles from 12am Sunday to 12am Monday. Motorcycles were banned from Saturday midnight to Wednesday midnight.

The last directive caused concerns among journalists, since moving swiftly from one polling centre to another would have been very difficult without the two-wheelers.