Many have misinterpreted my speech on January 3 during a ‘Thanksgiving’ program, said a written statement by Talukder
Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukde has cleared that there is no change in his stance over December 30 national polls, saying that he stands by his statement that the commission has been able to present the nation with a participatory election.
Many have misinterpreted my speech on January 3 during a ‘Thanksgiving’ program, said a written statement by Talukder on January 8.
Commissioner Mahbub Talukder said that there was confusion over his statement where he had said that the Election Commission had presenteda participatory poll.
Earlier on December 17, 2018 I had said that “A participatory election means when all political parties contest an election. It has no link with a free and fair election. A participatory election is a primary achievement. The actual thing is whether the elections are acceptable and credible. If the election is not acceptable and credible, there will be nothing even if it is participatory,” the statement said.
He did not say anything about credibility and acceptance of the election at the thanksgiving program the statement further added.
In response to a question ‘how was the election’he had answered “Ask your conscience then you will find the answer yourself”.
“I still repeat that. My stance has not been changedand analysing my thanksgiving remarks politically will not be wise,” he added.
Mahbub’s remarks came in stark contrast to his position with the Election Commission before the polls.
The Election Commissioner had taken a stance against the rest of the Commission on several issues, including the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs).
The Commissioner gave a note of dissent when the Election Commission decided to use the EVMs in the general elections. On two occasions, he boycotted the Election Commission meetings when his recommendations were not put on the meeting agenda.
A few days before the elections, Mahbub said there was no level playing field for the political parties – a claim that was vehemently denied by Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda.