Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has said there is no reason for any political party, including BNP, to be worried about the Rangpur city polls as they will ensure a level-playing field and all-out security measurers for voters.
“Equal scope for all parties will be ensured in the Rangpur City Corporation polls so that voters can return home without any fear casting ballots, and all candidates can enjoy equal scope for electioneering. We’ve asked law enforcement agencies to take necessary steps in this regard,” he said.
The CEC came up with the comments on Sunday while talking to reporters after a meeting with top officials of the law enforcement agencies, including the Police, Rab, BGB and Ansar, at city’s Nirbachan Bhaban ahead of the city polls.
Huda said the Commission will not work for fulfilling any party’s desire as their only target is to hold a free, fair and credible election in a congenial atmosphere. “A level-playing field will be ensured for all the parties. BNP and other parties have no reason to be worried about.”
He said they have directed the law enforcers to take all-out security measures so that minority voters do not feel insecure. “The law enforcement agencies have assured us of cooperating in holding the Rangpur city polls in a fair and neutral manner.”
The CEC said over 35,000 members and different law enforcement agencies will be deployed in the Rangpur city election areas on December 21. “Twenty-two law enforcement agencies’ members will be there at normal polling stations while 24 ones at vulnerable centers during the polls.”
Replying to a question, he said they did not discuss the deployment of army in the polls.
The EC on November 5 announced the election schedule for Rangpur city Corporation. The last date for the submission of nomination paper is November 22 while that for withdrawal is December 3.