Accurate voter lists must compile with patience, honesty: CEC
Published: 01:15 PM, 10 May 2022 Updated: 10:05 PM, 10 May 2022
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal addressing a training workshop on the occasion of updating the voter list at the Election Commission’s (EC) training building on Tuesday morning; Photo: Collected
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal today said that a fair election is not possible without a proper voter list. Accurate voter lists need to be compiled with patience and honesty.
He said this while addressing a training workshop on the occasion of updating the voter list at the Election Commission’s (EC) training building on Tuesday morning.
The views of political parties on electronic voting machines (EVMs) would be taken into consideration, said CEC Kazi Habibul Awal.
The CEC said no decision has yet been made on voting in full EVMs. The commission will consider the views of political parties on EVMs.
Mentioning that the main responsibility of the EC is to conduct fair and impartial elections, the CEC said that the Election Commission is determined to make all types of elections including national elections fair and neutral. The commission has taken all necessary measures to ensure smooth conduct of local elections including the Cumilla City.
Addressing the staff for updating the voter list, the CEC said the work of updating the voter list will start from May 20 across the country. A transparent voter list is a prerequisite for transparent and fair elections. That’s why you have to go from house to house to update the voter list.
In that case, he directed to ensure that no voter is left out.
“We cannot afford to vote in EVMs in all constituencies now,” the CEC said. “We have not yet decided on the 300 seats. The commission has not yet decided on whether the ballot will be in EVMs or not. It is under review.”