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CEC: Election Commission won't be responsible if voters die of Covid-19

  • Published at 03:18 am July 12th, 2020
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda
File photo of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda Collected

Polling stations will be provided with protective equipment to deal with the risk of coronavirus infection, he says 

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has said it is not the responsibility of the Election Commission if someone dies of or is infected with Covid-19 while exercising the franchise.

He said voters will go to the polls at their own risk following the rules of hygiene and no one will take responsibility if anything happens to them. 

However, polling stations will be provided with protective equipment, including hand washing, to deal with the risk of coronavirus infection, he said.

The CEC was speaking to journalists after a special meeting on law and order situation ahead of the Bogra 1 by polls. The meeting was held at the Bogra Deputy Commissioner's Office on Saturday afternoon.

By-polls to the Bogra 1 and Jessore 6 constituencies are scheduled to be held on July 14.

Nurul Huda said the by-polls are going to be held only to meet the constitutional obligation amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The polls will be held even if there are calamities, storms and rains, he said.

The CEC said the Election Commission could postpone the polls by 90 days due to various reasons, including natural disasters, in accordance with Article 123 of the constitution. And so, the by-election of Bogra 1 constituency was postponed on March 29 due to the outbreak of Covid-19. 

"Now there is no scope to postpone the date [July 14]."

Meanwhile, BNP decided to not take part in the by-polls to Bogra 1 and Jessore 6 parliamentary seats saying that voting amid the pandemic is unacceptable.

When asked about the issue, Nurul Huda said even if BNP candidates boycott the polls, their names and symbols will be on the ballot papers.

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