Don’t want to see any irregularity

CEC tells law enforcers

Staff Correspondent

23 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Chief Election Commis-sioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said they do not want to see any irregularity and defect in the elections to Dhaka north and Dhaka south city corporations.

“If any complaint of negligence comes, then strict action will be taken against it,” the CEC told top officials of different law enforcement agencies during a meeting with them at the auditorium of the Election Commission.

Expressing satisfaction over the voting environment, he said, “All eyes are now on the elections to the two city corporations in Dhaka. Everyone is in festive mood. It is necessary to carry out proper duty from everyone‘s own position after realising the importance.”

He asked the law enforcement officials to resolve any allegation on the polling ground.

“No kind of negligence will be tolerated. If any complaint is brought to us, action will be taken against those who have been found responsible for the irregularities. No one will be spared,” the CEC said.

The CEC said they will ensure seamless environment for all the candidates, voters and agents. It is not the responsibility of EC to bring the agent to the polling station from his/her house, the CEC added.

The CEC also expressed satisfaction over the immediate action taken over the attack on BNP mayoral candidate during his campaign.

“This is an unexpected incident. The Returning Officer has asked for an immediate inquiry before filing a complaint.” The EC held the meeting with top officials of different law enforcement agencies, including police, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab), Armed Police Battalion (APBn) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB).

The members of police, Rab, Armed Police Battalion (APBn) and BGB will be on duty at the polling centres while mobile teams and strike force will be on duty for four days from January 30 to February 2. The Election Commission is planning to engage some 42,700 law enforcers on election duty to maintain law and order during the two Dhaka city corporations’ polls on February 1.

Besides, 172 executive magistrates and 64 judicial magistrates will be deployed on election duty to punish incidents of electoral violence and breaching polls code of conduct in election areas.

A platoon of BGB comprises 15 to 25 members while there will be at least 975 BGB members in the capital on duty. A total of 16 law enforcers will guard each general polling station, while 18 members will guard polling stations considered as very important in Dhaka. The 16-member team is comprised of four policemen with firearms — including SI or ASI and three constables, two Ansar members with firearms, and 10 Ansar-VDP members carrying sticks.