Election Commission on Wednesday sent a letter to the speaker of parliament to take necessary initiatives for stopping lawmakers’ participation in electioneering in the forthcoming city corporation polls in Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barisal slated for July 30.
The EC also asked the newly elected Gazipur and Khulna city mayors not to join the campaigning in the city polls as it violated electoral code of conduct, EC secretary told reporters at his office in the capital on the day.
He faced the media after a meeting between chief election commissioner and a delegation of ruling Awami League.
He said that the AL delegation, led by prime minister’s political advisor HT Imam, assured the EC of its assistance for holding free and fair elections in the cities.
He also said that police commissioners of the respective divisions informed the CEC that law and order in the cities was normal.
He said that police did not arrest anybody without warrant while Bangladesh Nationalist Party claimed that police were arresting its activists in the cities without court warrant.
After the meeting, HT Imam told reporters that his party was hopeful that the three city polls would be better than the Gazipur and Khulna city polls where its candidates bagged the mayoral posts.
Hinting at BNP, he said that a party intentionally raised allegations against EC to tarnish its image.
New Age correspondents in Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barisal reported that a good number of lawmakers and government officials were campaigning for the ruling Awami League mayoral candidates in the cities.
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