The need for an election will cease to exist if people do not vote, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has warned.
"Ensuring people's participation in elections is vital," he said, reports UNB.
He was addressing a meeting with law enforcers and election officials at the deputy commissioner's office in Noakhali yesterday ahead of the 4th phase upazila elections that are seeing very poor voters' presence. In at least two upazilas, turnouts were in single-digits.
The polls began on March 10, just about three months after the national election. That election, held on December 30, was boycotted by the Jatiya Oikyafront, the opposition alliance, over allegations of vote rigging, overnight ballot stuffing and other anomalies.
The CEC said the district and police administrations as well as the Election Commission are key to holding any election, but they are not everything. "Voters or people are everything."
"We've to ensure people's participation legally from our respective positions. Or else, the necessity of election will end. There'll be no need of such meetings and discussions."
Deputy Commissioner Tanmoy Das, Police Super Md Ilias Sharif and Senior District Election Officer Md Rabiul Alam were, among others, present.