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12:00 AM, February 29, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:00 AM, February 29, 2020

No plan to deploy army at CCC polls

Says EC Rafiqul Islam

There is no plan to deploy army in the election to Chattogram City Corporation, said Election Commissioner Rafiqul Islam yesterday.

Rafiqul said this while briefing reporters at the regional election office after a meeting with the district election officials.

He said the commission never deployed army in the local government elections. They will follow the same policy in CCC polls.

Unarmed members of army will be present at polling centres only for technical support of EVM (electronic voting machine) so that no one is deprived of casting vote, he added.

He also said the EC is trying its level best to maintain a peaceful environment in the polling centres, reports BSS.

"We'll ensure safety of voters so that they can turn up in large numbers," he said.

Rafiqul also informed that there is no scope of deferring the election date because HSC exams will begin from April 1. "We have a plan to keep the offices open on the day of election," he added.

Regarding allegations of presence of others in secret room where the vote is cast, he said elderly or visually impaired voters can take help from officials present in the polling centres.

"If any such allegation arises, we would take punitive measures. We have issued directives to assistant presiding officers in this regard," he added. 

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