The Election Commission (EC) will take a decision over ‘fugitive convict’ BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman interviewing party nomination seekers through videoconferencing after reviewing relevant law if it gets a complaint in this regard.
Election commissioner Md Rafiqul Islam talked of the EC position on the matter while addressing newsmen at his office in the Election Commission in the capital’s Agargoan on Sunday.“If anyone lodges any complaint with us with evidence of Tarique’s videoconference, we’ll tell the authorities concerned to take action after reviewing existing law,” he said.
“If there is no provision in law, we’ll discuss the matter at the Commission to take a decision in this regard,” he added. Asked whether Tarique could make videoconference if he stayed in the country, the election commissioner said that a convicted criminal should have been in jail or should remain ‘fugitive.’
The Election Commissioner warned that they would take a stern action if anyone does not remove campaign materials by Sunday night.
About collecting information of probable presiding officers and assistant presiding officers by members of law-enforcement agencies, the commissioner said that the EC did not give any such instruction to police.
He also said that the Commission would take necessary action against those who are involved in such activities.
The 11th parliamentary elections will be held on December 30. The EC has fixed November 28 as the deadline for filing nomination papers, December 2 for their scrutiny and December 9 as the last date of withdrawal of nomination papers.