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Polling agents to stay in polling centres until receiving result: CEC

Published : Thursday, 8 November, 2018 at 8:58 PM Count : 836

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda instructed the polling agents not to leave the polling centres without receiving election results in the upcoming national election.

The CEC made the call while addressing the nation on Thursday evening where he announced the schedule for the 11th parliament elections.  

“Every voter will cast vote in favour of their chosen candidate freely…. Polling agents should stay in the polling centres until receiving the result sheet…. The executive and judicial magistrates will ensure enforcement of law,” the CEC said in his written speech to the nation.

The 11th parliamentary election will be held on December 23 this year, the candidates will have to submit their nomination papers by November 19, the nomination papers will be scrutinised on November 22, and the last date for withdrawing candidature is November 29, the CEC announced.

BSS adds: Huda said the primary procedures to employ around seven lakh officials under different categories for conducting the elections have already been completed.

“Executive and judicial magistrates have been appointed for every constituency. Around six lakh members of law enforcement agencies, including police, BGB, RAB, Coast Guard, Ansar and Village Defence Party, will be deployed centering the ensuing polls,” he said.

He said armed forces will also be deployed in aid of the law enforcement agencies to maintain law and order.

Pointing to the constitutional obligations, Huda said, “Constitution stipulates to hold the 11th parliamentary elections within January 28, 2019. The countdown of the national election has already begun and the works of buying polls materials and printing have been completed.”

He said election related issues were discussed at the inter-ministerial meetings and the officials of the Election Commission have devoted themselves to the electoral duties.

The CEC said the political parties have already begun their preparations ahead of the general elections. “The civil society members and political commentators are expressing their opinions. Different media are publishing different articles, opinions and recommendations on election while TV channels are arranging talk shows centering the polls”, he added.

Huda said senior political leaders held dialogues with the Prime Minister for holding a participatory and fair election. “Besides, many organizations from home and abroad are expressing their interests to observe the polls. Congenial atmosphere has been created across the country for holding the upcoming parliamentary elections,” he added.

Expressing his optimism that the candidates and their supporters will obey the electoral laws and code of conduct, Huda said, “Every voter will cast vote in favour of their chosen candidate freely. The executive and judicial magistrates will ensure the enforcement of law and the law enforcers will ensure the security of the voting centers, voters, candidates, polling officials and agents.”

He hoped that the observers will perform their duties by maintaining the rules of the Election Commission. The Election Commission Secretariat will monitor overall situation.

Urging the political parties to reduce conflicts and complexities of diverse opinions politically, Huda said the parliament election creates the opportunities for establishing the ownership rights of the common people and creating room for forming a new government.

He expressed the hope that the election would be held in a contesting mode and a participatory manner with participation of all political parties.

The CEC said the commission is giving importance on using technology in election management. The candidates can submit their nomination forms by hand or through online, he added.

He said an initiative has been taken to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) on a limited scale along with old system in the national elections.

“We believe that the use of EVMs will bring about a qualitative change in elections and it will save time, money and reduce works,” said Nurul Huda.

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