CEC advocates SoE

Tasneem Khalil

Tasneem Khalil

[Dhaka Correspondent] Chief election commissioner, ATM Shamsul Huda, believes the state of emergency should be in force even during the next parliamentary elections so that law and order situation is controlled and fair, peaceful polling is ensured.

“Law and order must be strictly controlled during the next parliamentary elections. So that free and fair polling can take place. And to keep it normal it is necessary to continue with the state of emergency,” Huda commented Monday.

He remarked at a meeting on voter registration and national ID card project in Tangail. He singled out a flawed voter list as the main problem in the forestalled January 22 elections. “Political parties built up a movement against it and 30 people were killed. We want to hold the election with a correct voter list. We want to break free from the culture of vandalism and arson.”

3 Responses to “CEC advocates SoE”

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    Amazing, Dr. Huda has been “tamed” too!

    All avenues to an unfree, unfair and a

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    Glad to hear that the CEC has changed his mind on the lifting of emergency issue. Now he says he was misquoted by the media. Anyway, we should give him the benifit of the doubt. We just hope that he means what he said today that emergency should be lifted at least two months before an election is held in an area. Its better than saying, “no lifting, whatsoever!” We will be eagerly watching. Time will tell if he is the flip-flop chap or not.

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    Just to remind you (and us all),

    1. Though it has been told that the EC is independent, it is not. It still sits within the purvue of the CA and its budget and administration is still linked as it was previously. Therefore, ATM Shamsul Huda and his popularity based on honesty and integrity has no power over this situation. He will say whatever and whenever he is asked to say things that the army-civil government decides.

    2. ATM S H has been putting in his demand to lift the emergency for quite some time now — but the CTG never paid an attentive ear to his plea. And see now… he is flip-flopping between no lifting of SoE to lifting of SoE at least two months before the elections… is not it obvious that he is not independent and that the govt, is running the show, as in the case of all the other sectors crucial to the running of this country?

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