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CEC expresses embarrassment over attacks on poll campaigns

Staff Reporter, Dhaka
CEC expresses embarrassment over attacks on poll campaigns
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda briefs judicial magistrates over the upcoming national election at the EC headquarters at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area in the capital yesterday. Focus Bangla Photo

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda yesterday said they were embarrassed and saddened by attacks on opposition party activists during campaign, including that on the motorcade of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in Thakurgaon.

“On Monday, I was happy to announce that there was no campaign related awkward incident. But unfortunately two such incidents occurred that have shocked and embarrassed us.

We are saddened due to the incident of killing,” he said.

While briefing judicial magistrates at Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital, the CEC said the attack on the motorcade of the BNP secretary general was uncalled for.

“We are embarrassed. It’s not desirable. A life is more valuable than the election. Violence during campaign has snatched away a life. We have to find out a way to overcome it,” the CEC asserted.

On December 11, a local Jubo League leader was killed in a clash between “activists of the Awami League and BNP” in Noakhali Sadar upazila.

 Calling upon leaders, workers, supporters and devotees, the CEC said: “I request you to have patience. Follow the electoral code of conduct while campaigning.”

“Respect the democratic and fundamental rights of others. Avoid all exciting and anxious activities,” Huda said.

Drawing the attention of the judicial magistrates, he said: “Create a proper election environment. Assure people that election is not about violence. It is about exercising democratic rights of the people.”

The CEC further said: “It is a distinct election this time. This election cannot be compared to any other elections. On an average, there are six candidates in every constituency. Over 1,800 candidates are in the fray. We hope the election will be competitive.”

EC helpless and unable to act: BNP

BNP vice-chairman Selima Rahman said at Nirbachan Bhaban yesterday that the CEC feels embarrassed because the Commission is helplessness to take steps.

“We think the CEC is really embarrassed because the Commission is unable to exercise its powers,” she told journalists while submitting a letter to the EC on behalf of her party. She further said the election will be acceptable if the CEC takes action.

The BNP, in the letter to the CEC, sought the Commission’s intervention for stopping onslaughts on and harassment of their activists during campaign.

“We have requested you to take steps against the summary arrests of our leaders and workers in the interest of a free, participatory and acceptable election. But there is no sign of stopping,” the letter said.

“Law enforcers in plain clothes are intimidating our leaders, workers and supporters in their houses and arresting them. It has created a fearful situation. It has created doubts among people about the holding of a fair poll,” the BNP said.

Bobby Hajjaj, a Bangladesh Muslim League nominated and Gana Oikya supported candidate contesting from Dhaka-6, submitted a letter to the EC, alleging that his election office at Gendaria was vandalised by local former Chhatra League leader on Tuesday night.

Hajjaj, who is chairman of the Nationalist Democratic Movement, requested the EC to ensure security of his election offices for the sake of maintaining a fair election environment and to bring the person responsible to book.

 

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