EC decides not to defer polls

first_imgelection commissionThere is no scope of deferring the polls schedule and the 11th parliamentary election will be held on 30 December, election commission (EC) secretary Helaluddin Ahmed on Thursday said.“The EC has taken the decision not to defer the polls schedule after thoroughly analysing the demand of Oikya Front for deferring the election by three weeks. The demand is not logical and realistic,” he said at a press briefing at the media center of Nirbachan Bhaban in city’s Agargaon.Earlier, a meeting of the commission was held with chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda in the chair.Election commissioners Mahbub Talukder, Md Rafiqul Islam, Begum Kabita Khanam and retired brigadier general Shahdat Hossain and EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed were present in the meeting.The EC secretary said, “The meeting analised the demand of the Oikya Front. There are some laws and constitutional issues. We need time to resolve the issues such as by-elections, publishing gazette and oath taking ceremony of the newly elected lawmakers.”Besides, the Biswa Ijtema will be held in second and third weeks of January where thousands of devotees will participate and a good number of law enforcers will be deployed, Ahmed said, adding, “So that there is no scope of deferring the polls schedule.”About the foreign observers, the EC secretary said, “We always welcome the observers.”last_img

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