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‘EC allows candidates to use digital platform for campaigning’

Traditional ballot papers will be used in the upazila parishad elections

Update : 19 Apr 2024, 10:28 AM

Election Commissioner (EC) Md Alamgir on Thursday said that his commission has allowed candidates to use digital platforms in their polling campaigns in this digital era. 

He said that the candidates will be able to use these digital platforms even before the allocation of symbols, where they will be able to meet the voters as well. 

The election commissioner was speaking at a meeting with the stakeholders yesterday ahead of the first phase of the upazila polls scheduled for May 8.

EC Alamgir said: “The commission usually runs various campaigns on television and social media to motivate voters to come and cast their ballots. Our voters are now aware of their rights. Candidates run their campaigns, and we train presiding officers alongside publishing advertisements in newspapers. They (the people) regularly watch the news and your programs, this is how it gets publicized. There is little need to advertise separately.”

This time, traditional ballot papers will be used in the upazila parishad elections, and papers will be sent to the centres on the morning of the polling day, he added. 

EC Alamgir said: “All the officials who served in the January 7 election will also work in the upazila polls. In the light of experience, they told me the plans they have taken to make the elections more beautiful and peaceful. Along with that, we have shared our thoughts with them. They will get all kinds of assistance from the commission for conducting fair elections.”

He said that the Gazipur City Corporation polls and the national polls were held in fair and peaceful manners, and were recognized both within the country and outside. 

Gazipur Deputy Commissioner Abul Fateh Mohammad Shafikul Islam presided over the meeting, while regional Election Officer Faridul Islam, upazila nirbahi officers from different upazilas, among others, were present at the meeting. 

On March 19, the Election Commission issued the Upazila Election Conduct Rules 2024 with amendments in several cases, including increasing the security deposit amount.

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