Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Saturday directed the authorities concerned to ensure security of all agents of the candidates of Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) elections scheduled for March 29.
He came up with the order at an opinion exchange meeting with election officials, executive magistrates, and representatives of law enforcement agencies at Chattogram Circuit House.
“Driving out agents from the polling stations is a common allegation during all elections. This time police at polling stations have to take the responsibility of the agents,” the CEC said.
“The election will be a participatory one and if any attempt of sabotage is taken, stern action will be taken,” he added.
The CEC also called upon voters to exercise their franchise freely staying above greed and influence.
About use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the city polls, Nurul Huda said EVMs were used in Dhaka’s two city corporations elections and most of the voters expressed satisfaction over it.
“There’s no fault with EVMs,” he said adding that election results can be published speedily with EVMs.
Chattogram Divisional Commissioner ABM Azad presided over the meeting attended by Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) Commissioner Mahbubur Rahman, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Khandker Golam Faruq, Deputy Commissioner Elias Hossain, and senior Army and Navy members.
As Jatiya Party contestant Solaiman Alam Sheth on Sunday withdrew himself from the mayoral race, candidates of two major political parties – Awami League’s Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, BNP’s Dr Shahadat Hossain – will contest the polls.
Besides, over 100 councillor candidates will compete in the CCC polls.