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3-yr jail for obstructing newsgathering during polls

EC sends proposal to law ministry to amend RPO

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 12 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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3-yr jail for obstructing newsgathering during polls

Election Commissioner Brig Gen (retd) Ahsan Habib Khan on Sunday said the Election Commission (EC) has proposed a maximum three-year jail term apart from a fine for obstructing the duties of journalists during elections.

“A proposal has been sent to the government to amend the Representation of the People Order (RPO) incorporating a provision in this regard,” he said while talking to reporters at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital.

The election commissioner said special provision is being added to the RPO to provide security to journalists while covering elections. “You’re our eyes and ears,” he said pointing to the reporters, adding that the commission has sent a proposal to the Ministry of Law to make the amendment.

“You’ll gather information directly from polling centres instead of us. Keeping in mind your safety, we’ve made a new addition to the law. If anyone tries to obstruct your duties, harass you or damage your equipment or harm your companions, a minimum one-year and maximum three-year jail term and a fine shall be imposed,” he said.