An open letter to Mr. Moudud Ahmed
Ever since the creation of the new Election Commission, we have been coming across many views from many corners. A lot has been said about the legality of creating such a commission through a search team. But the most interesting comments came from Barrister Moudud Ahmed.
It was on 11th February 2012 that I was watching NTV evening news in London when I heard Barrister Moudud Ahmed saying about the newly formed Election Commission that it was formed with people of very low calibre and that they were neither competent, nor had any previous experience. Mr. Moudud Ahmed is a renowned barrister of the country. He is an elderly politician. I did not expect him to say such things.
I shall talk about only one person Chief Election Commissioner. I know him for long. He was my classmate in the college. Even at that young age, he was very refined, cultured and well-behaved. He was a brilliant student. He had the opportunity of being a student at Harvard. He was a CSP officer. He attained the rank of a secretary to the government.
There was never any black spot in his career. He always maintained his political neutrality and served every government with equal dedication. What more can you expect? Talking about previous experience I do not know what type of experience he is talking about. Only a person joining the commission as a clerk can have several years of experience. Commissioners whether ex-judges, civil servants or even generals are not expected to have previous experience.
The new CEC may not have the same background as Barrister Moudud but it certainly does not make him “nimno storer (low grade).” With all due respect, I would request Barrister Moudud Ahmed to kindly clarify his statement.