Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) on Thursday said that the Election Commission would ensure level playing field for all political parties in the next general elections. “There is now prevailing level playing field and the commission would ensure it in the next national polls, “he said.
However, he expressed hope that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) would participate in the next parliamentary polls.
“There will be level playing field for all political parties in the next parliamentary polls so we hope that BNP would participate in the 11th parliamentary polls,” he told reporters at the Nirbachan Bhaban after a meeting with the law enforcing agencies on deployment plans of upcoming three city corporation polls in the capital.
“We will hold the next general polls with the participation all registered political parties. The election atmosphere is very good at the moment and we will ensure peaceful environment during the next general polls for all parties,” he also said.
The EC has provided guidelines to the law enforcing agencies for holding the Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barishal city corporation elections in a free and fair manner at the meeting, he said.
The commission has asked the law enforcement agencies to maintain the law and order situation for holding Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barishal city corporations so that none can raise any question of these polls, he also said.
The CEC said the commission will enter the process of declaring the polls schedule of the next parliamentary polls within two months. These three city corporation polls are very important for the EC before the next general elections, he added.
The EC did not take any additional steps for holding the city polls in free and fair manner, he said, adding that the commission would hold the polls as per the electoral laws.
According to the commission working papers of the deployment of the law enforcing agencies, 24 personnel will be deployed at vulnerable polling centres while 22 member of the law enforcing agencies will be deployed at general polling stations to maintain the law and order situation.
Among others, four election commissioners, EC secretary and senior EC officials and IG of Police and RAB, three divisional commissioners and returning officers and senior officers of law enforcement agencies were present at the meeting.