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EC asks to keep upazila polls influence free

  • Published at 09:51 pm March 6th, 2019
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File photo of a voter casting ballot during an election in Bangladesh Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The EC urged the district administrations and law enforcement agencies concerned to ensure security so that the all candidates can enjoy equal rights, and voters can exercise franchise safely

The Election Commission (EC) has issued special directives to the deputy commissioners (DCs) and superintendents of police (SP) asking them to keep the upcoming 5th Upazila Parishad elections free from all kinds of influence.

The directive, signed by EC Joint Secretary Farhad Ahmmad Khan, reads: “The EC is committed to hold the upcoming Upazila Parishad polls in a free, fair and peaceful manner. But it believes that holding of fair elections in the country is impossible without help of the field-level administrations. All concerned of the administrations are requested to be aware in this regard.

“The EC does not expect negligence of electoral duties from anyone. It hopes that local administrations, police and other law enforcement agencies will perform duties sincerely.”

The EC urged the district administrations and law enforcement agencies concerned to ensure security so that the all candidates can enjoy equal rights, and voters can exercise franchise safely.

According to the directives, the executive magistrates will take legal actions without any hesitation against those who will breach the electoral code of conduct.

If any irregularities take place in the elections, the responsible person will be brought under accountability, it said.

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