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'EC has nothing to do with Khaleda’s election participation issue'

  • Published at 10:28 pm February 14th, 2018
'EC has nothing to do with Khaleda’s election participation issue'
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said the Election Commission has nothing to do with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s participation in the next general election as it depends on court decision. He made the remark when the visiting European Parliamentary team, led by Chair of the South Asia Delegation of the EU Parliamentary Standing Committee for Foreign Affairs Jean Lambert, met the CEC at the commission’s office in Dhaka. “The CEC told them that it’s a matter of the court. If the court allows [Khaleda to participate in the election], the EC has nothing to do. And if the court doesn’t allow, the EC will have no role as well,” the commission’s acting Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed told reporters after the meeting. As an EP delegation member wanted to know about the matter, the CEC told them that the Commission will do everything as per the constitution and law, the EC acting secretary said replying to a question from reporters. About the recently held presidential election, Huda said members of parliament (MPs) elect the president. The election has gone uncontested as there was only one candidate. However, Helaluddin said the present political situation or issue of electoral violence were not discussed at the meeting. The commission’s acting Secretary further said they actually wanted to know about the country’s electoral process like who bear expenditures for arrangement of election. In reply, the commission said the government bears the expenditures according to the demand. Helaluddin and Election Commission Joint Secretary SM Asaduzzaman were present at the meeting.