Holding elections under party govt is the only solution: CEC...

Holding elections under party govt is the only solution: CEC

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 07:44 PM, 27 January 2022  

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Khan Md. Nurul Huda speaking at a program titled ‘RFED Talk with KM Nurul Huda’ organized by the Reporters Forum for Elections and Democracy (RFED) at the Media Center of the Election Building in the capital on Thursday

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Khan Md. Nurul Huda speaking at a program titled ‘RFED Talk with KM Nurul Huda’ organized by the Reporters Forum for Elections and Democracy (RFED) at the Media Center of the Election Building in the capital on Thursday

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Khan Md. Nurul Huda today said although it is difficult to hold elections under a party government, this is the only solution.

He said while speaking at a program titled ‘RFED Talk with KM Nurul Huda’ organized by the Reporters Forum for Elections and Democracy (RFED) at the Media Center of the Election Building in the capital on Thursday.

The event was presided over by RFED President Soma Islam and conducted by general secretary Kazi Jebel. EC Secretariat secretary Humayun Kabir Khandaker and EC Secretariat joint secretary (Director Public Relations) SM Asaduzzaman were present on the occasion.

In response to a query, the CEC said the allegation of “day’s voting at night” in the 11th Jatiya Sangsad Election was not true.

“It has remained in the form of complaints, not became court instructions. We can’t say anything conclusive based on the allegations. It’s just a complaint,” he said.

Nurul Huda said that no one including any candidate has directly complained to the Election Commission (EC) about the day’s voting took place at night. No one even went to court with this allegation. As a result, we assume that “the matter is just an allegation”.

The CEC said no one from the EC had seen the voting at night anywhere, nor did we know of any journalist who had seen or written about the voting at night. “Once the election gazette is published, we have nothing to do. Because it’s the law. In fact, we did not have the opportunity to do anything outside the law,” he also said/

He said Badiul Alam Majumdar (secretary general of SHUJAN – Shushanar Janniya Nagorik or Citizens for Good Governance) criticized the EC for not giving personal benefits. “There are allegations of financial irregularities against Badiul Alam Majumdar during the tenure of Shamsul Huda Commission,” he informed.

The CEC said he (Badiul Alam Majumdar) came to me several times to work with us after I took charge of the commission. He criticized the commission for not giving him a chance to work.

Highlighting various aspects of the work of the EC under him, the CEC said more than 7 crores 6 lakhs NID smart cards have been prepared. More than 5 crores have been distributed. Many legal rules of EC have been translated into Bangla. Voter lists have been revised at various levels. Criticism has been accepted if constructive.

Nurul Huda said there was no pressure from political parties. We have been able to work as we please. It is not possible for the EC to control clashes and violence in the elections unless the candidates are tolerant.

In response to another query, the CEC said the next parliamentary elections will not be possible in 100 percent EVM. But 50 percent can be done.

Although he claimed to be “not 100% successful” during his tenure as the head of the commission in the last five years, KM Nurul Huda said there was no lack of sincerity.

DailyBangladesh/AS