CEC said that the overall situation during the second phase of the Upazila Parishad polls was acceptable, with the exception of the incident in Rangamati
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has said the attack in Rangamati on Monday, March 18, was the result of a regional problem.
“People who contested the election may have been involved in the attack. This is our prediction, but we still believe the attack was the result of a regional level problem,” the chief election commissioner said during a press briefing at the Election Commission office in Agargaon, Dhaka on Thursday.
The CEC further said that the overall situation during the second phase of the Upazila Parishad polls was acceptable, with the exception of the incident in Rangamati.
During the second phase of the Upazila Parishad polls on Monday, March 18, seven people, including two assistant presiding officers, were shot dead and at least 26 others injured in a gun attack on a motorcade of election officials on the Sajek-Dighinala Road in Baghaichhari.
Strongly condemning the attack, the CEC said families of those who were killed in the attack will be provided with Tk5.5 lakh each in compensation, while the injured will each receive between Tk50,000 and Tk1 lakh based on the needs of their treatment.
He further said the Election Commission would try to secure employment for family members of the deceased at the commission, if possible.
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In response to a question, the CEC said: “It was clandestine attack, and no one could have expected it. We have deployed army personnel to the area as a precaution.”
He added that the hilly landscape and timing of the attack, at night, was making it difficult to ascertain details of the incident.