12:00 AM, December 16, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:19 AM, December 16, 2018

CEC sees level playing field all around

Amid continued violence over the polls, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda yesterday claimed that a level playing field was ensured for all candidates.

“Candidates are being able to conduct campaigns and they are not facing any obstacles,” he told reporters at the Nirbachan Bhaban.

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He also termed Friday's attack on the motorcade of Dr Kamal Hossain “unfortunate and unexpected”.  

His comments come at a time when reports of polls violence have hit headlines across the media in the last few days.

Yesterday, candidates and their supporters in Dhaka, Noakhali, Satkhira, Jhenidah, Sherpur and Dinajpur were attacked and barred from taking part in campaigning.

Responding to a query from a reporter, the CEC said no one would be allowed to telecast the polling live and use mobile phones inside the voting booths. However, journalists can take photographs there, he added.

Huda said the media can telecast live from the corridor or the premises of the polling stations.

Requesting journalists to enter polling stations in limited numbers, he said such instructions have been given so that the presiding officers can discharge their duties properly.

Asked about the EC's measures against polls violence, Huda said they were receiving complaints about attacks and violation of the electoral code of conduct and forwarding those to the electoral enquiry committees.

“We will take action based on investigation reports of the committees.”

About the arrest and harassment of opposition candidates and their supporters, he said the EC would sent a letter to the home ministry today or tomorrow asking it not to harass candidates and people with politics links and arrest anyone without an warrant.          

On Friday's attack on the convoy of Jatiya Oikyafront leader Dr Kamal Hossain near the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in the capital, the CEC said the attack on the eminent personality was “unfortunate and unexpected”.

“It was a criminal offence and it will be investigated as per law. They [BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront] have lodged a complaint over the incident.  We will send it to the election inquiry committee concerned for probing,” he said.

PUNISH ATTACKERS: BNP

The Jatiya Oikyafront yesterday demanded arrest and exemplary punishment of the attackers of Dr Kamal Hossain's convoy.

In three letters to the EC, the alliance also asked the commission to withdraw the Siraganj superintendent of police and officer-in-charge of Sirajganj Sadar Police Station following Friday's attack on BNP candidate Romana Mahmud (Sirajganj-2).

Besides, it urged the EC to take steps over the attacks on BNP leaders and their supporters across the country ahead of the December 30 election.

BNP Joint Secretary General Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal handed over the letters to EC Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed.

Meanwhile, Left Democratic Alliance in a letter to the EC yesterday said its candidates were facing obstacles in conducting electioneering in different constituencies.


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