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'Army will be deployed in next JS polls'

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Inserted: 19:52, Tuesday 14 November 2017

'Army will be deployed in next JS polls' - National
Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder

Dhaka:  Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder on Tuesday reiterated that the Army would be deployed in the next general election.

“I talked to other commissioners and their realization is that the Army should be deployed in the election,” he said.

The election commissioner came up with the assertion while talking to reporters at his office at the Election Bhaban in Dhaka.

He also added: “I also personally think that there should be army to meet public expectations.”

“Time will say how and in which format army will be deployed in the polls,” he said.

Apparently noting that the army can be deployed within the existing legal framework, he said according to the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898, a commissioned army officer may bring anyone under laws during any trouble.

He, however, said the decision is yet to be taken in a Commission’s meeting over the army deployment.

The Election Commissioner also said no ‘identified’ Jamaat man will be allowed to contest the next parliamentary elections even as an independent candidate.

He, however, did not explain whether any legal reforms will be needed to keep the Jamaat men out of the election race.

“We are accountable to the people for holding an election which will be free, fair and neutral and participatory and there will be question over it,” he said.

About the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs), the election commissioner said it will not be possible to hold the next national election fully based on EVMs due to time constraints.

“And Most of the old EVMs have already lost their workability. However, we’ll go for EVMs in the city corporation election on a trial basis.”

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