EC hopeful of political consensus
The Election Commission (EC) is still hopeful about a consensus among political parties over the election-time government.
Expressing the hope, Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad on Sunday said the EC is waiting to see the consensus.
His comment came two weeks before the beginning of the 90-day time frame for holding the 10th parliamentary election. As per the constitution, the elections are supposed to be held between October 27 this year and January 24 next year.
While talking to reporters at the EC Secretariat, the CEC also said they did not have much time to wait for that.
He said the commission has taken all-out preparation for the election and it would announce the schedule keeping adequate time in hand.
"We have completed all technical preparation. Voter lists and transparent ballot boxes were being sent to district levels. Now only one thing remains—polls-time government," said Kazi Rakibuddin.
"The country people want peace; they want peaceful handover of power," he said.
He said the code of conducts would have to be amended if no consensus was made. But, the commission is fully prepared, he added.
The EC on Sunday claimed that the voters’ database prepared by itself across the country is right and clear-cut.
Issuing a statement from the government’s press department, the EC made the claim and clarified that any Bangladeshi national being 18 years old by January 1 of 2013 or before would be able to register their names in the voter list till any announcement of election schedule.
Following media reports over the voters’ database recently, the EC defended its position and said there was no scope to question the database, as it was prepared with maintaining a defined procedure including the presence of the voters, scrutinising their forms by automatic finger print identification system.