Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Thursday alleged that Election Commissioner (EC) Mahbub Talukder is resorting to lies in order to harm the reputation of the commission and to achieve his own ends.
“He always talks like this. He uses different words on different occasions to attract the attention of the public,” he said in reaction to a statement made by commissioner Mahbub on Wednesday on the violence and deaths that marred the fifth phase of the union parishad (UP) polls.
Nurul Huda further said, “These words are irrelevant and full of propaganda. If there had been no voters in the recent polls, how would there have been 75% turnout? There is no consistency in his language. “He (Mahbub) said it intentionally. He is telling lies repeatedly.”
About the fatalities during election violence, the CEC said, “The Election Commission is not responsible for election violence and deaths. Candidates and their supporters are responsible for it. Violent incidents took place outside polling stations. We repeatedly asked them to be patient.
“We are shocked by every death. This is unexpected and we don’t want it. We repeatedly request the candidates and the political parties as well as the voters to be aware of this.”
On Wednesday, EC Mahbub Talukder told reporters that “in the so-called election battle, there are only battles now, no voting.”
He also observed that members of law enforcement agencies must be more vigilant about curbing poll violence throughout the country.