Nurul Huda said: “The election commission will operate neutrally as an autonomous body. We will never compromise the holding of a free and fair election. Our target should be to arrange an election where all participate.”
The CEC made the statement while talking with reporters at his Dhaka's residence on Tuesday.
He said: “The election commission must be kept neutral and transparent. All of the polls during our tenure will be held in a free, fair and neutral manner.
“I am very proud that the president has appointed me as chief election commissioner. Despite this, it is a tough job. I promise to the people that I will perform my duties with the election commission neutrally, as per the constitution and law.”
President Abdul Hamid appointed KM Nurul Huda as Chief Election Commissioner on Monday.
On the same day, former secretary Mahbub Talukder, former secretary Rafiqul Islam, former district judge Kabita Khanam and Brig Gen (retd) Shahadat Hossain Chawdhury were appointed as election commissioners.
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Clockwise, former district and sessions judge Begum Kabita Khanam, former secretary Rafiqul Islam, former secretary KM Nurul Huda, Brig Gen (retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury, and former additional secretary Mahbub Talukder. Huda and the other four were appointed by President Abdul hamid as the chief election commissioner and deputies under him. They will take oath on February 15, 2017 Dhaka Tribune
“It is a constitutional post, I will try to do my job properly. As a freedom fighter, I will try to organise the country's people towards arranging a successful election,” said the new CEC.
Emphasising his openness to the opinions of others, he said: “We will ask for suggestions from all the political parties and the civil society to arrange a participatory election.”
When asked what would be the Election Commission’s main obstacles, Nurul Huda said that there may be significant challenges but they were yet to be identified.
“After we take the oath, during the first meeting we will fix a plan of action,” he added.
The other election commissioners were also asked for their reactions.
Former secretary Rafiqul Islam said: “We will try to go forward with the confidence of the common people as well the political parties and stakeholders.”
Former district judge Begum Kabita Khanam said: “I think the new commission will be a powerful commission. Our team moves forward through discussion with each other.”