Be visible, vibrant, CEC tells enquiry teams


Staff Reporter:

Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda today urged the members of electoral enquiry committees to be visible and vibrant though their actions in order to gain people’s trust.

“When people will come to know you, then you will be given responsibilities,” the CEC said while addressing a conference at the Election Commission Secretariat in Dhaka this morning.

“Complaints regarding the election should go directly to you … we get hundreds of complaints on a daily basis, but these complaints were not supposed to come to us as you are there…,” the CEC told the electoral enquiry committee members.

The CEC advised the committee members to perform their duties properly saying, “The real field is outside, not inside your chamber, face the problem, face the candidates, face- those who will violate electoral code of conduct.”

What is the duty of an enquiry committee?

In a circular on November 26, the EC said 122 electoral enquiry committees, consisting of judicial officers, had been formed to ensure prevention and control of pre-polls irregularities.

Each committee was constituted with two members — a joint district judge and an assistant district judge.

The committees, on the basis of allegations, will look into the irregularities and make recommendations to the EC for taking necessary actions.

When is the election?

Election Commission has revised polls schedule, deferring the 11th general election by a week to December 30 – a decision taken earlier this week.

The authorities have fixed November 28 as the deadline for filing nomination papers, December 2 for scrutiny and December 9 last date of withdrawal.

The move came following demands from several opposition political parties.


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