Police not arresting anyone without valid reason: CEC
Hossen Sohel of DOT
Claiming that level-playing field has been prevailing in the country ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda yesterday said police and administration were working under the commission, reports The Daily Star.
The law enforcers were not arresting anyone without a valid reason or going beyond the directives of the EC, the CEC said at a briefing at the commission’s office.
“The commission has given directives to police. The police have also given us their word. They are working accordingly,” the CEC said.
He further said there were no government instructions on the EC over the upcoming election, he said.
The CEC also said although the 11th parliamentary election will be held under the partisan government, local administration will work under the directives of the election commission.
He ruled out BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront’s allegation that level-playing field is not prevailing at present and that the field-level election officials are not obeying the EC’s directives.
All the activities of the commission have been conducted in accordance with the law, the CEC said.
KM Nurul Huda held the briefing after a meeting with executive magistrates on electoral code of conduct at the EC auditorium. Today was the first day of a three-day meeting where executive magistrates from 18 districts took part.
WHAT IS THE MEETING ABOUT?
At today’s inaugural session of the three-day meeting between the EC and executive magistrates on electoral code of condcut, the CEC and four election commissioners Mahbub Talukder, Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanom and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury were present.
The Commission in the three-day briefing will give directives to the executive magistrates on how to conduct drives and punish anyone found to be found violating electoral code of conduct in the 11th national elections.