Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda said there was no reason to deploy army to maintain law and order situation in Rangpur city election.
‘EC has been working to hold a free, fair and credible election. Every candidate will get equal opportunity. EC has taken all measures in this regard,’ the CEC told a press conference after attending a meeting with the divisional and district level law enforcing officials on election security measures at Divisional Commissioner’s conference room on Thursday afternoon.
‘Army will not be deployed. Four tyres of security measures will be taken to hold a peaceful and fair election,’ Nurul Huda told reporters.
A team of 22-23 armed law enforcing members will be deployed in each of the polling centres. RAB, BGB, Police and Intelligence agency personnel will also keep vigilance in those centres.
Meanwhile, some 22 teams have been working to monitor and keep vigilance on violation of election code of conduct.
Some 33 executive magistrates will start working in the city from today to avert any untoward situation.
Intelligence vigilance has been reinforced to stop buying votes with black money.
Replying to the apprehension of BNP that the election would not be free and fair, the CEC said, EC would take all measures to hold a free, fair and credible election.
‘There is no reason to be worried,’ he said refuting the complaint of main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party that police were harassing BNP men.
He said police would take action against the persons who would emerge as a threat to the fair election and there was no reason to harass anybody for his or her political involvements.
He said EC was planning to use Electronic Voting Machine in one centre. ‘But if the voters of the centre feel uncomforted to use it, we will not apply. We have also a plan to set up CC camera in one vote centre.’
Election Commission secretary Helal Uddin, Rangpur divisional commissioner Kazi Hasan Ahamed, Rangpur range police DIG Khandoker Golam Faruk, deputy commissioner Wahiduzzaman, superintendent of police Mizanur Rhaman and returning officer Suvash Chandra Sarker were present in the press conference.
Later, the CEC held an exchange of views meeting with mayoral contestants and councillor candidates at Rangpur Zilla School auditorium in the afternoon.
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