Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Sunday asked the executive magistrates to treat all candidates equally beyond their political beliefs during duties in the forthcoming parliamentary polls rescheduled for December 30.
Addressing a briefing for executive magistrates deployed for election duties in different districts, the CEC also asked the magistrates to ensure safety of presiding officers.
He said that the executive magistrates would assist the presiding officers on polling day on demand and they would never volunteer.
On Saturday, Election Commission started the three-day briefing for the executive magistrates on checking violation of electoral code of conduct.
On November 12, the commission directed public administration ministry to appoint executive magistrates at the field level to check the violations.
One executive magistrate was deployed for every upazila, one for three to four wards of city corporations, one to two magistrates for each district sadar municipality and one magistrate for three to four upazilas of Chattogram Hill Tracts.
Among others, election commissioners Mahbub Talukder, M Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanom and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury and its secretary Helaluddin Ahmed also spoke.
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