EC moves to tackle polls code violation, at last

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 14,2018 | Updated: 01:26, Nov 14,2018

 
 

Election Commission on Tuesday issued an order saying that demonstrations by nomination aspirants of different political parties were violations of electoral code of conduct for the general election scheduled for December 30.
The commission issued the order as ruling Awami League concluded selling nomination forms on Tuesday and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party started selling the forms for five days on Monday.
On the day, the commission sent a letter to the inspector general of police in this regard asking him to take necessary steps to check such violations of electoral code.
In the letter, EC said that the commission found in media reports that nomination seekers of different political parties brought out motorcades and processions as they collected and submitted nomination forms.
The commission said that such demonstration was strictly prohibited by the Representation of the People Order 1972.
Earlier on Monday, election commissioner Rafiqul Islam told reporters at his office that EC would not consider showdowns by the nomination seekers as violations of the electoral code as neither of the two big parties invited the party activists to take to the streets.
He also had said the EC had no authority to take action against the parties and nomination seekers until the returning officers declared the aspirants as ‘valid candidates’.
EC also overlooked ruling Awami League activists’ demonstrations at Dhanmondi since November 9 and BNP supporters’ at Naya Paltan since Monday to collect nomination forms of the two parties till Tuesday.
For collecting nomination forms activists took out motorcades and processions blocking traffic on busy roads, not only violating the electoral code of conduct but also causing huge public inconvenience.
On Saturday, on the 2nd day of AL’s sale of nomination forms, two people were killed in clashes between rival groups who had gathered at the party’s Dhanmondi office to buy nomination forms for the Dhaka 13 constituency.
The EC on Tuesday sent copies of the letters also to cabinet division, home ministry, other law enforcement agencies, divisional commissioners, police commissioners and regional election officers.

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