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CEC slams ex-CEC Shamsul, Sujon secy Badiul

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Chief Election Commis-sioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has heavily criticised former CEC ATM Shamsul Huda and Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Sujan) secretary Badiul Alam Majumder for undermining the Election Commission.

The CEC has also raised allegations of irregularities and graft against them.

“A few days ago ATM Shamsul Huda commented that we could have done a lot, but we did not. We created controversies. His remarks are unacceptable,” Nurul Huda said.

The CEC came up with the remarks while speaking at a view-exchange meeting with Reporters for Election and Democracy at the EC building in the capital on Thursday.

The incumbent CEC made the remarks as former CEC Shamsul recently described the incumbent commission’s performance as unsatisfactory.

According to the former CEC, the EC lacked goodwill to hold free and fair elections and it has created quite a few controversies.

Sharply reacting to the remarks of his predecessor Shamsul Huda, the present CEC claimed that Shamsul Huda had deviated from the Constitution while heading the EC during the 2007-08 emergency regime.

“Shamsul Huda was appointed by the army-backed caretaker government. His responsibility was to hold an election within 90 days, but they took 690 days. How did he deviate from the Constitution and on what authority?” the CEC questioned.

Nurul Huda slammed former CEC for appointing polls observer Sujan for a job regarding the candidates declarations filed with election officials.

“He did it at a time when the then administration was attempting to depoliticize the country. How did we appoint Badiul Alam Majumder? Give him hundreds of thousands of money?”

Nurul Huda claimed that the incumbent commission was transparent in each and every deal.

Labelling Sujan secretary Badiul as a ‘press conference expert’, the CEC said they did not involve Sujan in any kind of activities due to its history of several irregularities.

“Badiul Alam now and then makes several comments over the commission. There’s a reason for it. He (Badiul) wanted to meet me after being appointed as the CEC, but there were issues with him,” he said.

The EC has decided to not involve Sujan due to irregularities involving as high as Tk 10 million, according to CEC Nurul Huda.

The tenure of the Nurul Huda-led EC is set to expire on February 14.