Level playing field exists, claims CEC

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:25, Jul 12,2018 | Updated: 23:29, Jul 12,2018


KM Nurul Huda. — New Age file photo

Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Thursday claimed that a level playing field for the next general elections already existed and it would continue.
At a briefing at Nirbachan Bhaban in Dhaka after a meeting on law and order with the representatives of different law enforcement agencies and local administrations of the Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barisal cities, he said that the commission was hopeful the Bangladesh Nationalist Party would participate in the next general elections.
The three cities are scheduled for July 30 to go to the mayoral polls.
The commission already announced that the schedule of the next general elections will be announced by October.
Asked how the commission was hopeful that the BNP would contest the general elections while its chairperson Khaleda Zia was now in jail, the cief election commissioners said that the commission had no opinion or stand on it as it was a political and legal issue.
He said that the commission instructed the law enforcement agencies and local administrations of the three cities to carry out their duties with highest efforts as the commission wanted to avoid controversy ahead of the next general elections.
He said that the people concerned at the meeting assured him that they would give their highest efforts.
Representatives of the police, Rapid Action Battalion, Bangladesh Border Guard, Ansar-VDP, district administrations and returning officers attended the meeting.
Election commissioners Mahbub Talukdar, Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury and commission secretary Helaluddin Ahmed were also take part in the meeting. 

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