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22 October, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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parliamentary elections

EC to announce schedule after president’s nod

CEC meets Abdul Hamid Nov 01
Staff Reporter
EC to announce schedule 
after president’s nod

The Election Commission (EC) would announce the schedule for the 11th parliamentary poll soon after a meeting with President Md Abdul Hamid. “We've sought a meeting with the President. After getting his consent, the EC will hold another meeting to announce the schedule of the general election,” EC secretary Md Helal Uddin Ahmed said yesterday. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda and other Election Commissioners will meet President Abdul Hamid at Bangabhaban on November 1. The President is scheduled to meet the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners around 4 pm, said President's Press Secretary Md Joynal Abedin told UNB.

EC Secretary Helal Uddin told this to journalists after an EC meeting, headed by chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda, at Election Bhaban in Dhaka. He said that one of the commissioners, Mahbub Talukder, was absent from the meeting. Talukder is on a leave to visit the US from October 20 to 30 and is likely to return on October 31, he added.

It was the 37th EC meeting on the amendment of the electoral code of conduct ahead of the 11th parliamentary election.

About the amendment of the electoral code of conduct, Helal Uddin said: “Two proposals were granted at the meeting. One was that no living animal can be used in election campaigns. This decision was taken in consideration of the Wildlife Preservation Act, 1912 and applications by environmentalists.”

“As per the previous definition, poster means papers, cloths, digital display or any other electronic devices. Now, clothes have been erased from the rule,” he added.

He also said that the issue of foreign observers was raised at the EC meeting. But the topic needs further scrutiny and would be settled later, he added.

On the question of online submission of nomination papers, the EC secretary said: “We

have sent the proposal to the ministry to amend the Representation of People Order. If it’s amended, the process will begin.”

Earlier, the CEC asked election officials to defend the interest of the voters and not that of the political parties.

 “Political parties have made some requests for setting up the polling booths. Some of the requests are reasonable,” Huda said.

“But more than the requests by political parties, the interest of voters have to be defended so that they can cast votes without trouble,” he added.

The CEC also said that the distance between political parties and the EC has to be reduced.

Huda said this while inaugurating a training programme for poll officials on the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) ahead of the national polls at the Election Training Institute in Dhaka yesterday.

About EVMs, Huda said: “We have to come out of the previous system. We need to guard the ballot boxes overnight. But EVMs don’t need this and can present the results shortly after the elections in a modern way.”

He also said the EC may hold a training programme for the polling agents of political parties to make them more dutiful and aware of their task.

“If the political parties agree, we want to impart training to the polling agents for the first time. There will be more than 40,000 polling centres, where at least 10 lakh polling agents will work. Training would help them to carry out their task easily,” he added.

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