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EC Rafiqul: Open fire on anyone snatching polling materials

  • Published at 07:51 pm March 27th, 2019
Election Commissioner Md Rafiqul Islam
Election Commissioner Md Rafiqul Islam speaks at a meeting on law and order with election and law enforcement officials concerned, at the Narayanganj deputy commissioner’s office on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Election commissioner sounds warning ahead of fourth phase of upazila polls

Election Commissioner Md Rafiqul Islam has ordered law enforcement to open fire without any hesitation, to stop miscreants if they try to snatch polling materials, damage public property, or threaten the lives of people during the upazila polls.

“If anyone tries to create any kind of disorder during the election, they will be thrown into jail regardless of their affiliations,” he said on Wednesday at a meeting on law and order with election and law enforcement officials concerned, at the Narayanganj deputy commissioner’s office.

The meeting was held to issue instructions to ensure law and order during the fourth phase of the Upazila Parishad Elections, slated for March 31.

The commissioner also said executive magistrates, additional police and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel, would be deployed in the electoral areas of Narayanganj.

Addressing the concerns of several upazila nirbahi officers (UNOs) and OCs of various police stations, Rafiqul said: “First, you should request MPs and ministers not to take part in the campaigns.

“But if they do not listen, then you will let them know that you all have standing orders from the Election Commission to detain them if they campaign.”

The commissioner also ordered the deployment of additional executive magistrates, police, and BGB, in Sonargaon, Rupganj, and Araihajar, following requests from UNOs and police OCs of these areas.

He also ordered the deployment of one additional executive magistrate, the coastguard, and river police, for three risky polling centres in the char areas.

The district’s Superintendent of Police, Md Harun-ur-Rashid, added that police would coordinate and work with other agencies to ensure a free and fair election on March 31.