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CEC to cops: Don’t harass candidates

Update : 12 Apr 2015, 07:30 PM

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad has directed police authorities to not harass the city corporation polls aspirants as well as the voters.

He made the order at a view exchange programme with the mayor and councillor candidates vying in the upcoming Dhaka City Corporation polls at Krishibid Institute auditorium in Farmgate in the capital yesterday.

CEC Kazi Rakibuddin also said they would try their best to create a congenial electoral environment so that every voter can cast their franchise without any hindrance in the election that is supposed to be held on April 28.

The CEC called upon all candidates to extend their cooperation in its move.

BNP-blessed mayoral aspirant Tabith M Awal said his party men cannot freely take part in the election campaign in the face of harassment by the members of law enforcement agencies.

“Many candidates from the 20-party alliance are now in jail. They should be granted bail to ensure their participation as well.”

“My supporters and I will feel comfortable in the campaign if the election commission deploys army personnel on the eve of the election,” Tabith said in response to a question by reporters after coming out of the programme. 

Ruling party Awami League-backed mayoral candidate Annisul Haq also demanded ensuring a level playing field.

Another mayoral candidate Mahi B Chowdhury said the commission should cast a careful watch on the candidates’ expenditure.

Mayoral candidate Abdullah Al Kafi alleged police had raided his residence on the nomination papers' submission day without any reason.

Zunaid Abdur Rahman Saki, a mayoral candidate, opined that levelling the playing field is a constitutional duty of the commission. 

Another mayoral candidate Nader Chowdhury alleged the Election Commission has no coordination in its tasks.

DMP Commissioner Asaduzzaman Mia said they have been following all instructions of the EC to hold a free and fair election.

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