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28 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Environment better than any time before: CEC

Staff Reporter, Dhaka

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda yesterday said that the polling process in Dhaka city elections cannot be doubted because of a few isolated incidents. He also said the city election environment was better than any time before. The CEC was speaking to reporters while visiting a training camp on the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) at Tikatoli in the capital. “The election will be competitive. So, the voter turnout will increase. Voters are showing eagerness to cast votes through EVMs,” he said. He also said there would be a demonstration on Tuesday on the use of EVMs. A mock voting would be held on January 30 to prepare the voters to cast their votes on February 1, he added.

Meanwhile, delegations of both Awami League (AL) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday met with the EC separately to inform the commission about the prevailing environment for the Dhaka North City Corporation and Dhaka South City Corporation polls. A BNP delegation, led by party standing committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud, alleged that AL candidates were violating the electoral code of conduct. “AL candidates are setting up election offices on pavements. They have set up hundreds of such offices. There are five offices around my residence. They are using loudspeakers and large posters. These are tantamount to violating the electoral code of conduct,” said Amir Khasru. “They are not obeying any rules. Where is the level playing field?” he added. The BNP leader also alleged that AL supporters and leaders had been placed in election-observer organisations.

Asked about the things they discussed with the EC, Amir Khusru said: “We talked about the security of our candidates in the elections. AL activists are attacking our candidates, but no action is being taken against them. Instead, our party men are facing cases! There is no security for our candidates.” The AL delegation, led by the Prime Minister’s political adviser HT Imam, also met with the CEC.

HT Imam told reporters: “If the BNP does not believe in polls, why has it decided to participate in the elections?”

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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