Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda cautioned that voting will be postponed in any polling centre if irregularities found.
“Do not compromise with irregularities. While holding elections, if the situation goes out of control anyone can propose to halt the polling and the Election Commission will do accordingly,” said the CEC while speaking at the inaugural session of a workshop arranged for the returning officers at Electoral Training Institute in Dhaka on Wednesday.“You have to be on guard so that no violence takes place before, after and on the polling day,” CEC also said.
He advised the officers to allow the people for exercising their franchise freely in the forthcoming upazila parishad elections.
“People will vote and elect their candidates of their choice. It is not our duty to look for candidate’s party, religion or caste. Voters will elect their chosen candidate,” he said.
The chief election commissioner further said the polling officials have to inspire the candidates so that they appoint their agents in the polling stations.
Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed presided over the programme while four election commissioners Mahbub Talukdar, Md Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury also spoke.
The first phase of the Upazila Parishad Elections to the posts of chairman, vice-chairman and the reserved vice-chairman will be held in 87 upazilas on March 10.Deputy Commissioner, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), district election officials, and upazila election officials will perform their duty to hold the elections peacefully.
The last date for submitting nomination papers is February 11 while that of withdrawal is February 19. The scrutiny of the nomination papers will be done on February 12.
The first upazila polls were held in 1985, while the following three were held in 1990, 2009 and 2014. The last one was organised in six phases.