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‘Govt bound to follow EC directives’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 7 October, 2022 12:00 AM
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Election Commissioner Md Alamgir said on Thursday that the government is constitutionally bound to accept whatever the Election Commission (EC) says.

“For this reason, letters have been sent to deputy commissioners (DCs) and superintendents of police (SPs), taking cognizance of the violation of the code of conduct,” he said.

“Action will be taken against them if they fail to perform their duties,” Alamgir added.

The election commissioner came up with the statement while talking to reporters at his office at the EC secretariat in the capital.  “The ruling party has been directed to compel the code of conduct in Zilla Parishad elections and by-election in Gaibandha-5 constituency. The EC has instructed Deputy Commissioner Begum Rasheda Sultana to take action against the irregularities in the Gaibandha Zilla Parishad elections,” he said.

“The commission does not agree to accept violations of the electoral code of conduct. The administration will take action as per law. If they fail to take it, we won’t hesitate to enforce the election officer law, the election commissioner said further.

Speaking about Jatiya Party’s complaint, he said, “We have already directed the DC and the SP to submit investigation reports. We’ll take further action after receiving the report. If an MP violates the electoral code, tell them that you cannot stay in the constituency. MPs are not even voters in Zilla Parishad elections. Therefore, there is no chance to remain a voter.”

Earlier in the day, the EC directed DCs and SPs across the country to ensure a peaceful environment in the upcoming Zilla Parishad polls slated for October 17.

The EC has taken all the necessary steps for a free, fair and neutral election, according to a directive issued on Thursday.

Directives have been given to all concerned, including DCs and SPs, to send investigation reports on violations of the code of conduct.

The EC has urged all concerned to strictly follow the rules of electoral conduct in the Zilla Parishad elections.