CEC rejects TIB report on JS polls

Staff Correspondent

17 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has rejected the Transparency International, Bangladesh’s report about the 11th general election, terming it ‘unauthentic’.

“I’m rejecting the report completely. It’s not authentic,” the CEC said on Wednesday.

The EC did not receive any such allegation of irregularities in the polls from the media on the voting day, he said when his attention was drawn to the TIB report.

He further said a by-election to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) will be held simustaneously with upazila parishad polls.

“The commission will discuss the matter and make a final decision in this regard soon. We want to hold the elections as soon as possible,” he said.      

The CEC told reporters at the Election Commission office that new schedule for the DNCC election would also be announced soon.

“This won’t affect the Upazila Parishad polls, which the commission plans to hold in March in several phases,” he said. The CEC made the view hours after a High Court bench cleared the way to hold the DNCC by-polls by withdrawing a previous order that stayed the election process.

The court also rejected three separate petitions filed related to the election.

On January 14 last year, another High Court bench stayed, for six months, the mayoral by-election to the DNCC following two separate petitions. As per the schedule announced by the Election Commission, the by-election to the DNCC mayoral post was supposed to be held on February 26, 2018.

The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant with the death of Annisul Huq on November 30, 2017.