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Staff Correspondent
Mahbub Talukdar, a Commissioner of Election Commission (EC), seems to everyone that he is carrying out Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) agenda to make the commission and the December 30 national election controversial.
Since taking office as commissioner, he is engaged in violating the oath of secrecy only to serve the BNP’s interest as BNP had recommended Mahbub Talukdar’s name when the incumbent EC was formed by a search committee.
He (Mahbub Talukdar) holds a constitutional post but despite that post is frequently giving statements publicly about secret issues of EC meeting. Recently, during a briefing to the executive magistrates, he said that he didn’t want to stain himself with stigma by becoming part of a controversial election.
“Bangladesh became an independent country to establish democracy and rule of law. And a free, fair and credible election is the main foundation of democracy,” he said.
And this remark fueled agony among the commissioners and other officials of the EC and political parties, especially ruling Awami League led grand alliance.
Earlier, Mahbub walked out of an election preparatory meeting for not being allowed to place his proposals on how to hold the polls in a free, fair, and inclusive manner.
He also claimed he wanted to speak at the commission’s meeting on five issues, including how to use the army in the election, find ways to ensure level-playing field for all parties and increase EC’s capabilities to exercise its power. Following his frequent remark Awami League-led 14-party alliance leaders said Mahbub Talukdar cannot make such comments on EC’s meeting. He should resign as he violated his oath of secrecy, they also said.
Mahbub Talukdar had also opposed a move to amend the Representation of People Order (RPO) to incorporate the use of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in the upcoming parliamentary elections. Profile of Mahbub Talukder
Mahbub Talukder took part in the Liberation War in 1971 and joined the Ministry of Information of the Mujibnagar Government, according to the official website of Bangladesh Election Commission.
He was also engaged with the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra during the Liberation War.
On January 24, 1972, President Abu Sayeed Chowdhury appointed him as president’s special officer (deputy secretary).
After becoming the President of Bangladesh, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman appointed Mahbub Talukder as his assistant press secretary (deputy secretary).
During his public service, Mahbub also served as the Director General of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy.
At the final stage of his service, he was made additional secretary of Parliament Secretariat in 1998.
Mahbub Talukder is also a noted author. He has so far published 40 books on poetry, memoirs and novels, among others. He received the Bangla Academy Award in 2012.