The Election Commission will deploy armed forces members in all the district towns 15 days ahead of 11th parliamentary polls slated for Dec 30.
“After Dec 15, a small team of army will work with the police. Each district will have a small team of troops. They will coordinate with other law-enforcement agencies and magistrates,” said Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Thursday.
He was speaking at a special meeting with law-enforcement agencies at the Nirbachan Bhaban at Agargaon in the city.
The CEC has asked the law enforcement agencies to work in coordination so no question could arise about the neutrality and fairness of 11th parliamentary polls.
Describing the role of police the most vital to ensure a fair, neutral and acceptable election, he said, “Police should keep an eye (on the overall election process) for making the 11th parliamentary election unquestionable as all the political parties are expected to take part in the election.”
“Preparations have already been completed to hold the next national election. All concerned of the government should work in unison to ensure a free, fair and neutral election. And police have to do the most of the election related activities such as ensuring the overall security,” he added, added BSS.
“The law enforcers will have cent percent freedom in discharging their duties. But, they should remain careful in doing so as some allegations have started coming (against them to the EC). The EC will monitor their activities,” he also said.
Nurul Huda asked the police personnel not to collect information of the election officers going door to door and said, “We didn’t say to collect information of the officers by visiting their homes. Don’t do it as a question has already been raised about it. If necessary, do it secretly,” he added.
The CEC asked the police personnel not to arrest any person without warrant or in false cases as the election schedule has already been declared, saying, “I hope you are not making any such arrests.” Referring to the BNP list of 4000 to 5000 people accused in cases, he said, “We could not do anything with the list as the cases were filed before the 2014 national election. We are yet to get any information about the cases lodged after announcing the schedule.”
Talking about maintaining law and order after the election, he said, “It is your (law enforcers) usual duty to prevent the possible post-election violence. You will perform the same duty this time for the sake of the nation and you would have to do it with conscience.”
All the election commissioners Mahbub Talukdar, Md. Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Brigadier General (Retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury and senior officials of different law enforcement agencies were present on the occasion.
Mentionable, the Election Commission has revised polls schedule, deferring the 11th general election by a week to December 30 – a decision taken on November 12.
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.