12:00 AM, September 11, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:06 AM, September 11, 2018

An EC has to be perceived neutral

Former CEC says at book launch

Guests hold copies of the book, “Mohammad Abu Hena: Jibon O Kormo”, written by former chief election commissioner Mohammad Abu Hena, during its launch at Bangla Academy in Dhaka yesterday. The ceremony was organised by Habaspur-Bahadurpur High School Praktan Chhatra Samity. From left, President of the samity Dr MA Majed, National Professor Anisuzzaman, the writer, former Bangladesh Bank governor Mohammed Farashuddin, educationist KM Mohsin, and lawmaker of Rajbari-2 Zillul Hakim. Photo: Star

Former chief election commissioner Mohammad Abu Hena yesterday said an election commission should demonstrate neutrality through holding dialogue with all political parties and stakeholders.

“You have to be perceived as neutral through your work and communicate with every political party. Dialogue should be held with all stakeholders of an election. Their problems should be heard and resolved. Otherwise, confidence cannot be earned,” said Abu Hena, recalling his role as the CEC during the 1996 election.

A book titled “Mohammad Abu Hena: Jibon O Kormo” (Mohammad Abu Hena: Life and Work) was launched yesterday at Abdul Karim Sahitya Bisharad auditorium of Bangla Academy where the former CEC made the remark.

While the country was going through political crisis ahead of the parliamentary electionin 1996, Abu Hena was appointed the CEC on April 9 that year. Under his leadership, the Election Commission held the national polls on June 12, 1996.

Praising Abu Hena for his role as CEC, National Professor Dr Anisuzzman said, “Two or three elections in Bangladesh were held properly and Abu Hena is a pioneer in this regard.”

The book -- published by Dipto Publication -- features writings on Abu Hena by his colleagues, friends and family members.