The Election Commission urged all local polls observers to abide by the rules and regulations on the day of the 11th parliamentary elections.
“If any organisation is found playing controversial role, the commission will cancel their registration,” EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmad said while briefing election observers about the rules and regulations while performing duties during the election at a meeting at Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital on Tuesday.
Helaluddin said the election observers must stay at polling stations like statues, even if there are irregularities. “Observers cannot talk and give suggestion to any election officials— be it presiding office or polling officer at the polling booths. They can only observe the voting,” he added.
Besides, they will not be allowed to enter the polling stations with mobile phones and restricted polling rooms to take pictures, he maintained. Urging the polls observers not to pass any comment to the media during the voting, he further said if any irregularities occur, they can inform the responsible person of their respective organisations.
However, the EC secretary said there are 118 registered election observers in the country.
The 11th parliamentary elections will be held on December 30 and all the registered political parties will contest the polls.
The elections would be held in a free, fair and peaceful manner.
The commission has already issued a circular asking application from observing the polls by November 21.
Meanwhile, the commission will hold a meeting on November 25 about foreign election observers.
The chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda will chair the meeting, joint secretary of EC SM Asaduzzaman told Bangladesh Post.
The commission will invite secretaries of foreign and public administration, director general of Passport Department and officials concerned of immigration for discussing the matter, he added.