Its duty is to organize and ensure a fair vote
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has stated that it is not the Election Commission’s (EC) duty to increase voter turnout, rather its duty is to organize and ensure a fair vote.
He made this statement while taking part in a procession organized by EC on the occasion of National Voters' Day at Manik Mia Avenue in the capital.
Nurul Huda added that there may be several reasons for the voters’ reluctance to go to voting centers, but that has much more to do with political parties than any failure on EC’s part.
He claimed that the Election Commission had been successful in creating a peaceful environment in the recently held City Corporation elections.
He further added that the EC has banned the use of laminated posters in the upcoming Dhaka-10 by-polls campaigns in an effort to reduce election time pollution.
The CEC said: "We will reform the electoral codes of conduct at the national level too by enacting this new rule.
"Posters can be raised for display in 21 places assigned by the EC, and in offices set up in each ward. The candidates cannot hang posters in other places like streets, lanes, or electric pylons," he said.
Each party is allowed to bring out five processions in their preferred locations, said Huda. However, he added that candidates are not allowed to arrange public meetings in the by-polls.
Election Commissioner Rafiqul Islam, Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury, Kavita Khanam, and senior secretary of the Election Commission Md. Alamgir were present at the rally.
A procession started from Manik Mia Avenue and ended at the Bangabandhu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Dhaka.
The Election Commission is set to observe National Voters’ Day today for the second time across the country.