Staff Reporter : Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal said Election Commission (EC) plays neutral role in declaring elections results without resorting to partisan stand.
He made the comments while addressing as the chief guest a briefing with the polling officers of the Khulna city corporation election on Wednesday (31 May).
The CEC said it is not the Election Commission’s duty to make any candidate winner or loser.
“The Election Commission has been entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring the rights of voters to vote. That right cannot be infringed upon in any way. There should be no obstacles to casting votes.”
The CEC said, “There should be no mistrust among people. People should have trust in the electoral process. Elections will be free, fair and impartial. Our main focus is the voters so that they can vote properly.”
Addressing the presiding officers, he said, “You have the biggest responsibility during the election. Discipline within the polling centres is essential. It is your responsibility to maintain order inside the centre. Don’t take this responsibility lightly. You can exercise authority while performing duties if needed. The presiding officer can even stop the polling if they deem fit.”
Election Commissioner Brigadier General Md Ahsan Habib Khan (Retd) and Election Commission Secretary Md Jahangir Alam were special guests at the briefing. Khulna Divisional Commissioner Md Zillur Rahman Chowdhury presided over the meeting.
Among others, Deputy Commissioner Khandaker Yasir Arefin, Returning Officer Md Alauddin, Khulna Metropolitan Police Commissioner Md Masudur Rahman Bhuiyan, DIG of Khulna Range Police Md Moinul Haque and Superintendent of Khulna Police Md Mahbub Hasan were present.