Election code upheld in nomination filing: CEC

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Staff Reporter:

Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda says election code was not violated during the nomination filing process across the country.

“Yesterday, nomination filing was complete in an orderly fashion. No one violated the polls code,” he said at a programme in Agargaon today.

“They were all accompanied by 5-7 people while submitting their papers. There were some people outside, but it was not a motorcade or showdown,” he said.

However, The Daily Star found several instances of polls-code violation, carried out by both ruling party and opposition men, across the country yesterday.

CEC Nurul Huda was speaking to government officials of eight districts at a training session this morning.

At the session, he expressed optimism that the commission has been able to create a competitive and participatory ground for holding the election.

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.

IS EVERYONE PARTICIPATING?

Chief Election Commissioner has said that there is a congenial atmosphere in the country – echoing the words of the ruling party.

However, major opposition alliances like the Jatiya Oikyafront, which includes BNP, and the Bikalpa Dhara-led Juktafront have sought for delaying the schedule.

Until thus far, it seems that the coming parliamentary election will not be the “non-participatory election” that was its predecessor.

All the major political parties are gearing up to contest in the election and there has been no threats of a boycott or withdrawal unlike the last time.

thedailystar.net

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