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CEC: Chittagong-8 by-polls will be free and fair

  • Published at 11:07 pm January 8th, 2020
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File photo of Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda Dhaka Tribune

All preparations have been taken to present a fair election, he said

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has said the by-election to the Chattittagong-8 constituency billed for January 13 will be free and fair. 

 “There will be no irregularity in the by-election, all preparations have been taken to present a fair election,” he said.

He was talking to reporters at the Circuit House in Dhaka, on Wednesday, after a views-exchange meeting over law and order ahead of the by-polls. 

“This will be an acceptable election and beyond questions. The Election Commission never wants any election to become questionable. The election will be competitive as all parties are participating in it,” Nurul Huda said.

 Referring to BNP’s reservations about the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in elections, he said anyone can lodge complaints, but it needs to be considered whether these are logical, reports UNB.

 About the rumour that a presiding officer has the scope to cast 25% votes in the EVM system, Nurul Huda termed it baseless. “There is no scope in the EVM system to cast one’s vote by another. There is no scope of casting fake votes.” 

The CEC said they have talked to voters and they said the election environment is good. 

About allegations of violating electrical code of conduct, he said the matter will be sent to the Commission in the form of a report and action will be taken after examining the allegations.

 The Chittagong-8 constituency is comprised of five wards (ward No 3-7) of Chittagong City Corporation and Boalkhali upazila except Sripur and Kharandip unions.

 There are some 475,996 voters in the constituency.

Chittagong-8 (Chandgaon-Boalkhali) seat fell vacant following the death of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal leader Moinuddin Khan Badal, MP.

Badal, also a freedom fighter, died while undergoing treatment at a hospital in India on November 7.