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CEC: By-polls amid pandemic due to constitutional obligations

  • Published at 08:26 pm July 11th, 2020
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda
Photo of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda Collected

The CEC was speaking to reporters on Saturday following a meeting with candidates prior to the Jessore-6 Keshabpur constituency by-polls

The decision to hold by-polls during the coronavirus pandemic was taken considering constitutional obligations, not for the benefit of any individual or party, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has said.

The CEC was speaking to reporters on Saturday following a meeting with candidates prior to the Jessore-6 Keshabpur constituency by-polls. By-polls to the Jessore-6 and Bogra-1 constituencies are scheduled to be held on July 14, reports Bangla Tribune. 

“The Election Commission has no legal right to postpone the election,” Nurul Huda said.

“However, the honourable President can take the matter to the Supreme Court. We went to the President, who also said there was no chance of not holding the election,” the CEC added.

Addressing the law enforcement agencies, he said: “The coronavirus crisis will stay here for sometime but everything cannot be put on hold because of that.”

Tasks like holding the election have to be completed despite that, the CEC added.

He directed the people concerned to ask voters to go to the voting centres but through maintaining health guidelines.

At the same time, the CEC mentioned that the masks worn by voters should be removed at the polling stations in order for them to confirm their identities.

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