Ensure no Rohingya in voter list

CEC asks EC officials

Staff Correspondent

21 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Friday instructed the Election Commission (EC) officials to be cautious enough so that no Rohingya becomes voter.

“Be cautious enough so that no Rohingya becomes voter. Sometimes, the Commission has to face the criticism because of someone’s activities. You’ve to keep it in mind. Everyone will have to work consciously,” he said.  The CEC was addressing the Third Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Bangladesh Election Commission Officers’ Association at the EC office in the capital’s Agargoan.

He said, “In the past, there was no upazila election office. District election officers had to go with their belongings in bags and rickshaws were their only mode of transport. Now, the situation improved a lot. You’re given all kinds of facilities and power. You’ve to exercise power judiciously.”

“What’ll happen if we’re not strong enough?” he posed a question, urging EC officials to get prepared for holding all kinds of elections in future.

The CEC said the EC don’t give any charge of holding local government elections to outsiders. “You’ve to be capable of holding all kinds of elections in future.”  He also criticised the French company saying, “They’re giving us trouble since 2017. They said one thing in the morning and another in the afternoon. They wanted to use our database, but we didn’t allow them to use it.”

“They thought that we won’t be able to provide our citizens with smartcards if they don’t assist us.

But, it’s a matter of pride that our people’re now making smartcards.”  Election commissioners Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanom and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury were present at the meeting.