Dhaka, Dec 26 (UNB) – The hearing on a writ petition filed with the High Court seeking its directives to engage Bangladesh Army in conducting voting, counting votes and publishing results of the 11th parliamentary elections will be held after the polls billed for December 30.
An HC bench of Justice JBM Hassan and Justice Khairul Alam passed the order on Wednesday, said writ petitioner Eunus Ali Akando and Deputy Attorney General Motahar Hossain Sazu.
Court sources said the regular activities of the Supreme Court will begin on January 2 after its vacation. The hearing on the writ will be held after the vacation.
Eunus, a Supreme Court lawyer and Jatiya Party candidate for Dhaka-8 constituency in the election, filed the writ on December 23.
In the petition, he prayed to the court to issue a rule as to why the failure of conducting the election with Election Commission’s own staff should not be declared illegal and why directives should not be given to engage army in conducting voting, counting votes and publishing results of the 11th parliamentary elections.
The petitioner also appealed for asking in the rule as to why the use of the photograph of the chief of a party and its election symbol by a candidate of another party in alliance should not be declared illegal.
Dhaka, Dec 26 (UNB) – A court here on Wednesday placed three people, including a businessman, on a five-day remand in a case filed for distributing money among the voters to influence the national election.
Those remanded are Ali Haider, 24, managing director of United Corporation, Joynal Abedin, 45, GM (admin) of Amena Enterprise, and Alamgir Hossain, 38, office manager of Amena Enterprise.
Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Masudur Rahman passed the order after sub-inspector Mohammad Faruk Hossain of Motijheel thana, also the investigation officer of the case, produced them before the court seeking a 10-day remand for each.
Being tipped off, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested them from Motijheel and Gulshan areas between Monday and Tuesday. They seized Tk 8 crore in cash and cheques of Tk 10 crore from their possession.
Later, Rab members filed the case with Motijheel Police Station.
Dhaka, Dec 26 (UNB) – The Editors' Council on Wednesday urged the Election Commission to ensure the free movement of journalists' vehicles for three days from December 29 to 31.
The Council made the call in a letter signed by its General Secretary and The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam.
The letter was sent to the Chief Election Commissioner as per a decision of the Council taken in meeting held on Wednesday.
“Free movement of motorcycles of journalists or media activists and motor vehicles of journalists or newspapers should be ensured,” the letter reads.
Dhaka, Dec 26 (UNB) - The Election Commission will hold 'mock voting' through electronic voting machines (EVMs) in six constituencies on Thursday as part of its preparation to use the machines there instead of ballot papers.
"The mock voting through EVMs will be conducted from 10am to 4pm on Thursday in all the polling stations of the six constituencies," said SM Mahmud Arafat, officer-in-charge of Operation Planning and Communication of the EVM Project.
The six constituencies -- Dhaka-6 and-13, Chattogram-9, Rangpur-3, Khulna-2 and Satkhira-2 – have a total of 21,24,554 voters.
The Commission will use EVMs in the six constituencies out of the country's 300 ones in the 11th national election slated for December 30.
As part of making the new machine familiar to the voters, the EC is going to arrange 'mock vote' through EVMs, three days before the election.
The total number of voters in the country is now 10,42,38,673, according to the EC's statistics.
Dhaka, Dec 26 (UNB) - Bangladesh High Commissioner to India Syed Muazzem Ali on Tuesday visited a group of Bangladeshi freedom fighters who are receiving free medical treatment at the Army Hospital in New Delhi.
He talked to the freedom fighters, aged between 60 and 70, and enquired about their ailments and the treatment they are receiving.
A total of 28 ailing freedom fighters arrived in India last week, said the Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Thirteen of them got admitted to the Army Hospital in New Delhi and another 15 are receiving treatment in another army hospital in Pune.
The expenses of the treatment are being borne by the Indian government.
In April 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced India will provide free medical treatment to 100 freedom fighters of the 1971 Bangladesh War of Liberation.
The gesture came at a ‘Sammanona’ programme where visiting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina personally honoured the families of some Indian soldiers who died fighting against the Pakistani troops during the nine-month Liberation War.
During their meeting with the High Commissioner, the freedom fighters expressed satisfaction at the treatment and care they are receiving at the hospital for their ailments related to complications from stroke, prostrate, diabetes and partial paralysis.
As a freedom fighter himself, he also understands their feelings, the High Commissioner said.
The envoy was accompanied by Defence Adviser Brig Gen Abul Kalam Mohammad Ziaur Rahman and Head of Chancery AFM Zahid-Ul-Islam.