EC cannot take decision without govt order: CEC
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) cannot take any decision about the district council elections of Chittagong Hill Tracts without a government order.
"Constitutional amendment is necessary for preparing separate voter lists for the council elections as mentioned in the CHT Peace Accord. It is a political issue," he said.
He was speaking at a discussion on selection of site for proposed server stations for all upazilas in Rangamati district. The discussion was held at the conference room of the deputy commissioner.
The CEC said the EC is ready to hold the election anytime after the government takes decision to this end.
Saying that the EC had placed a proposal before the immediate past caretaker government in this regard, he expressed hope that the present government will consider the issue as it is working on many significant matters of CHT affairs.
Our correspondent in Bandarban adds: CEC Shamsul Huda yesterday said separate voter list for a special area of Bangladesh is against the constitution.
He said this while replying to a question from the journalists.
"The election commission is a constitutional institution, which is our main guideline. There is no scope for the EC to go beyond the constitution," said the CEC.