EC asks authorities to remove campaigning materials

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:26, Nov 10,2018

 
 

The photograph taken on Friday shows posters of potential MP candidates on a wall at Lalbagh in Dhaka. The Election Commission asked authorities concerned to remove posters and banners within next seven days. — New Age photo

The Election Commission has asked the authority concerned to remove campaigning materials including posters, banners and gates at their own costs within seven days.
The EC also asked the political parties as well as nomination seekers not to start campaigning before December 1, EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed told reporters at his office on Friday, a day after the Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced the election schedule setting December 23 as the date for next general polls.
The directives to remove election campaigning materials came in the wake of ongoing publicity campaigns seeking votes for the 11th parliament election, mainly by the aspirants of ruling Awami League in city as well as elsewhere across the country.
Roadside walls in the capital have already been covered with posters of AL aspirants seeking votes in the coming election.
The EC secretary said that the commission would take legal actions against the people involved under its law if they deny removing the campaigning materials including posters and banners within the specified time frame.
He said that the EC asked mayors of city corporations and municipalities and other representatives of different local government bodies to remove the campaigning stuffs following the electoral code of conduct.
The EC secretary also said that no political party or candidate can begin their election campaign before the allocation of the electoral symbols since the EC will allocate the electoral symbols on November 30 among the valid candidates.
New Age correspondents from different districts reported that no initiatives for removing such campaigning objects have so far been noticed.
They reported that mostly ruling Awami League nomination aspirants have already begun campaigning while some elected representatives of different local government bodies have also put up posters and gates in different places seeking votes in favour of Boat, the election symbol of AL.
On Thursday, the CEC announced the schedule for the 11th parliamentary elections fixing December 23 as the polling day despite protests from opposition parties campaigning for no announcement of the schedule before reaching political consensus on the polls.
The schedule also earmarked November 19 as the deadline for the submission of nomination papers, November 20 for the scrutiny of the nomination papers and November 22 as the deadline for the withdrawal of candidacy.

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