Declaring election schedule not minister’s duty: CEC

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Sep 07,2018 | Updated: 00:13, Sep 07,2018

 
 

Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda speaks at a news conference after the concluding meeting of the Forum of Election Management Bodies of South Asia at Radisson Hotel in Dhaka on Thursday.-- New Age photo

Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda said Thursday that finance minister AMA Muhith had no authority to declare the schedule of general election and it was not his duty either.
‘It was not at all appropriate for him to do it. It was a mistake on his part. He should not have done it,’ said the CEC responding to a question at a news conference after he attended a conference of the Forum of the Election Management Bodies of South Asia hosted by the Election Commission at a posh hotel in the capital
Muhith on Wednesday said that the next general election was likely to be held on December 27 and that the ‘election-time government’ comprising of prime minister Sheikh Hasina and a few ministers would be formed within 20 days.
The CEC also said that declaring the polls date was not finance minister’s duty and it was not proper for him either.
Huda, who was elected the FEMBoSA chief for the next term said that member countries agreed to exchange experience to make the electoral process transparent.
The two-day conference was participated 21 Election Commission representatives from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan and the Maldives.
Replying a question the CEC said that that EC was capable enough to hold free and fair elections in Bangladesh.
The outgoing FEMBoSA chairman and chairman of Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan chairman Gulajan Abdul Bade Sayyad and four commissioners of Bangladesh Election Commission were present.

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