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No poll campaign before symbol allocation: EC

Published : Saturday, 10 November, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 310

Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed on Friday said no political party or candidate can start election campaigning before the allocation of election symbols.
The EC Secretary made the disclosure while briefing media at his office in the capital's Agargaon on Friday.
He said the candidates can go for poll campaigning after the allocation of election symbol and can continue their campaign up to 21 days.
The Election Commission Secretary also asked the political parties to remove their posters, banners and all kinds of objects for electoral campaigns with their own initiative within the next seven days.
"If anyone denies doing so, the EC will take necessary measures against him/her as per the electoral code of conduct," he mentioned.
Helal said, the unregistered parties will be able to contest in the 11th parliamentary elections through alliance with registered parties.
In reply to a question regarding political leaders of unregistered party, he said, "If any registered political party nominates candidates from unregistered parties, then we can't stop them."

If any party wants to join election under a coalition, then they have to inform the commission within three days.
Letters will be sent to political parties in this regard, he said.  

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has been stripped off registration as a political party recently.
Following the Jamaat issue, Helal Uddin said, "There is no such law in Bangladesh to bar any candidate of a party from contesting the polls as an independent candidate."
"No one will be allowed to carry campaign until the allocation of electoral symbols.

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