US needs to learn from Bangladesh’s elections: CEC
Published: 01:45 PM, 12 November 2020 Updated: 03:16 PM, 12 November 2020
CEC KM Nurul Huda spoke to reporters after casting vote; Photo: Daily Bangladesh
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Thursday said that the United States needs to learn from the elections in Bangladesh.
“US needs to learn from the elections in Bangladesh. There they cannot announce the election results in 4 to 5 days. In Bangladesh, we can complete the vote count in four to five minutes through EVM,” he made the remarks in response to a query from reporters after casting vote in the Dhaka-18 by-election at Uttara IES High School Center in the capital.
Responding to a query from reporters, he said the BNP’s allegations were baseless. “I have been inquiring through the presiding officer and control room since this morning. No untoward incident or anti-election incident was reported anywhere,” he added.
The Election Commission (EC) declared these two constituencies vacant after the deaths of former Home Minister and Awami League lawmaker Advocate Sahara Khatun in Dhaka-18 and former Health Minister Mohammad Nasim in Sirajganj-1 this year. The EC announced the schedule for the by-elections on September 28.
Six candidates are contesting in Dhaka-18 constituency; They are - Awami League’s Mohammad Habib Rahman, BNP’s SM Jahangir Hossain, Gano Front Kazi Md. Shahidullah, Omar Farooq of the Bangladesh Congress, Nasir Uddin Sarkar of the Jatiya Party and Mahibullah Bahar of the Progressive Democratic Party.
On the other hand, only Awami League and BNP candidates are contesting in the Sirajganj-1 constituency.
The Dhaka-18 constituency comprising Uttara, Turag, Uttarkhan, Dakshin Khan, Bimanbandar and Khilkhet police stations has 577,188 voters. Among them – 296,135 are male voters and 281,053 are female voters. Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) has 217 polling stations in 14 wards and 1,353 polling booths in this constituency.