Attack on Dr Kamal unfortunate: CEC

BNP files complaint with EC  

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Dec 16,2018 | Updated: 00:12, Dec 16,2018

 
 
Chief Election Commissioner

Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda. — UNB file photo

Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Saturday said the Friday’s attack on Jatiya Okiya Front leader Dr Kamal Hossain’s motorcade was unfortunate.
The CEC came up with this statement after the opposition alliance filed a complaint with the EC.
Addressing a press conference at Election Commission media center, the CEC said that the attack on Kamal Hossain was unfortunate and never expected such incident as he was a senior citizen and famous person.
He said that measures would be taken in this regard according to law as the incident was a criminal offense.
The CEC said the commission would send the JOF’s complaint over the issue to the electoral enquiry committee to look into the matter.
He said the EC would take measures after receiving report from the enquiry committee in this regard.
Replying to a question, he said the equal ground was created as candidates were now able to conduct the campaign in the 11th national election slated for December 30.
‘I think the level-playing field has been ensured because all candidates can carry out electioneering. There is no obstacle for them to conducting the campaign where they think necessary,’ the CEC added.
Nurul Huda said if any criminal incident occurs locally, police case can be registered and allegation can be sent to the EC.
The commission will investigate such incidents through the 122 electoral enquiry committees, formed across the country ahead of the polls, he added.
Dr Kamal Hossain’s motorcade came under attack allegedly by ruling party activists near Martyred Intellectuals Memorial at Mirpur on Friday morning while he was returning after paying tributes to the martyred intellectuals.
On, Saturday, JOF demanded that the commission immediate arrest attackers.
A three-member delegate led by Bangladesh Nationalist Party joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal met EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed.
They also submitted written complaints to the CEC singed by BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan.
Emerging from the meeting, Moazzem Hossain said that people of administration, law enforcement agencies and ruling Awami League goons were the rivals of BNP and JOF.
‘It’s not our job to fight with these three forces. Our duty is to reach general people. We cannot resist them because the government is backing them,’ he added.
He said that they informed the commission about the attacks made on the BNP and JOF leader on Friday and sought steps to stop the attacks.
He said they were tired of filing complaints with the EC but taking opportunity of EC’s inaction, the attackers were carrying out their job with enhanced enthusiasm.
Pointing out the attack on a female candidate, he said that BNP candidate Romana Mahmud was shot in the leg during her election campaign in Sirajganj.
He said the law enforcers were very loyal to the ruling party and serving its interests, shifting the blame of sabotages on the opposition parties.

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