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CEC unhappy with electoral enquiry committees

Published : Thursday, 6 December, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 373

Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said electoral enquiry committees across the country had failed to fulfill the public expectation.
Enquiry committee members have been asked to be visible and vibrant so that their actions can gain people's trust during the election period.
"When your activities will be visible, people will come to you with complaints. When they keep confidence on you they will come to you, they will know you," the CEC said while addressing a conference at the Election Commission Secretariat in Dhaka.
In a circular on November 26, the EC formed 122 electoral enquiry committees with 244 judicial officers to ensure prevention and control of pre-polls irregularities.
Each of the committees was constituted with two members - a joint district judge and an assistant district judge.
The committees will look into the irregularities and make recommendations to the EC for taking necessary actions on the basis of allegations.
While briefing the members of enquiry committees, CEC Nurul Huda said, "Complaints regarding the election should go directly to you. But, we are getting hundreds of complaints on a daily basis. These complaints were not supposed to come to us as you are there."
"Once, you achieve the confidence of people, they will go to you. Until then, we will forward the complaints to you for disposal. Being a representative of the EC you have to look into the matter so that people don't need to come to us."
Giving advice to work outside, the CEC said, "Perform your duties properly. Your real field is outside, not inside your chamber. Face the problems, face the candidates and face those who violate electoral code of conduct," he said.
He also asked them to take action against those who lodge fake complaints after investigation.
Election Commission has revised polls schedule deferring the 11th general election by a week to December 30.
The candidates submitted their nomination papers November 28. Their papers were scrutinised on December 2 and more than 700 papers were cancelled. The authorities have already taken around 400 appeal petitions from the candidates whose papers were rejected during the scrutiny.
December 9 is the last date for withdrawal of candidature.

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