An EC has to be perceived neutral
Former CEC says at book launch
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.