Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder on Tuesday said that ‘identified’ Jamaat man will not be allowed to contest the next parliamentary elections even as an independent candidate.
The Election Commissioner revealed this to reporters at his office in the city’s Nirbachan Bhaban Tuesday.
“We won’t allow identified persons of Jamaat-e-Islami in the election… If they want to contest the election as independent candidates, the Commission will take decision assessing them individually,” he said.
He, however, did not explain whether any legal reforms will be needed to keep the Jamaat men out of the election race, UNB reports.
Noting that they will sincerely try to arrange a fair election, he said, “We’re accountable to the people for holding an election which will be free, fair and neutral and participatory and there will be question over it.”
About the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs), the election commissioner said it will not be possible to hold the next national election fully based on EVMs due to time constraints. “And Most of the old EVMs have already lost their workability. However, we’ll go for EVMs in the city corporation election on a trial basis.”
About registration of new political parties, Mahbub Talukder said the Commission will provide registration to those parties which will fulfill the pre-conditions. “We’ll in no way show laxity over fulfillment of the pre-conditions.”
Besides, Mahbub Talukder reiterated that the army will be deployed in the next general election.