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EC puts onus on AL to reduce election violence

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 21st April, 2016 11:51:59 PM
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EC puts onus on AL to reduce election violence

The Election Commission on Thursday asked ruling party Awami League to restrain its grassroots leaders and activists from resorting to violence and irregularities during the staggered Union Parishad elections.


“We also asked them (AL) to rein in their leaders and activists so that they would not do excesses and get involved in criminal activities,” Election Commissioner Md Shah Nawaz told reporters after an AL delegation met the Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad at the latter's EC Secretariat office.


The AL delegation, led by its joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif met the CEC and conveyed the message of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that she does not want anomalies in polls, UNB reports.


The ruling party conveyed the views of the party chief to the Commission ahead of the third phase of the UP polls, that are set to be held in some 620 UPs on Saturday.


About the meeting, Shah Nawaz said, “We had talks with AL delegation and the party chief and Prime Minister assured us that they want fair elections. We welcome the views the Prime Minister expressed for arrangement of fair election.”


The Commission also urged the delegation members to take organisational actions against its grassroots leaders and activists in case they are found involved in any chaos surrounding the election, he said.


About the third phase of the UP election, Shah Nawaz said no illegal or criminal activity will be allowed anymore this time.


“We would like to say that no criminal irrespective of their political affiliation will be spared. Irregularities will not be allowed,” Shah Nawaz said.


Action will be taken against members of law enforcement agencies and election conducting officials in case of their involvement in irregularities, the Commissioner said.


Over 30 people have so far been killed in election-related violence since February 11 last, the day the Commission announced the schedule for the first phase of the staggered UP elections.