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CEC: Political situation to improve ahead of polls

Update : 31 Dec 2013, 08:24 PM

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday hoped that the situation would soon improve before the 10th parliamentary polls slated for January 5, as the law enforcement agencies were active.

“People are fed up with the continuous blockade programmes,” he told reporters at the Election Commission secretariat.

“There would be no public support to the January 1 blockade programme. We hope that good sense will prevail.”

“There is no confusion regarding holding of the elections,” said the CEC.

Rakibuddin also said it is the miscreants who carry out murders and create untoward situations by using arms illegally not leaders of political parties.

“The situation is improving as the law enforcement agencies are conducting drives. Everyone can participate in the polls safely,” he said.

The CEC said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina can ask for votes following the electoral code of conduct.

“The official government activities and election campaign are different. She [Sheikh Hasina] can ask for vote by campaigning for election as per the law,” he said. 

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