Identified Jamaat leaders won’t be allowed to contest polls: Mahabub Talukder

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:52, Nov 14,2017


No identified leaders from the Jamaat-e-Islami would be allowed in the next general election even as an independent candidate, said election commissioner Mahabub Talukder on Tuesday.

‘If any pro- Jamaat people files nomination paper, the commission will take decision about the individual after scrutiny,’ he added while talking to reporters at his office.

Talukder, however, said that the commission is yet to take any decision about deployment of troops in the next general election while his personal opinion is army should be deploy as its people’s demand.

Earlier, on Monday, he said that the commission was planned to deploy army in the next parliamentary polls but how the army would work during the polls would be decided later.

On the day, he also said that the commission had already decided not to use the Electronic Voting Machine in the 11th parliamentary polls.

On Sunday, Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia at a rally demanded deployment of army with magistracy power in the next polls.

In 2013, the EC suspended the registration of the Jamaat, an alliance of the main opposition BNP, following an order of the High Court.

Replying a question, he said the commission will scrutiny the papers of the parties those submitting applications for getting registration.

The EC is working to hold the next general election between October 31, 2018 and January 28, 2019.

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