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EC: No arrests without warrants in 3 cities ahead of elections

  • Published at 11:16 pm July 8th, 2018
File photo of the Election Commission Headquarters in Dhaka Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

'The EC has been collecting an advance list to stop the harassment of the candidates' agents'

The Election Commission (EC) has directed law enforcement agencies not to arrest anyone without a valid warrant in Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barisal, ahead of the city corporation elections.

The commission also asked for the advance list of agents of contesting candidates to avoid arrest and harassment.

After the allegations of arrest without warrant and harassment in the Khulna and Gazipur City polls, the EC has decided to take such a measure.

Earlier, the EC had requested the Superintendent of Police to not arrest anyone without warrant a, day before voting in Gazipur City.

When asked about the matter, Election Commissioner Brigadier General (retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury said: “"We also gave such directions in the Gazipur City Corporation elections."

Regarding the elections in Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barisal City Corporation, the instructions have been given to the police, so that no one is arrested without a warrant.

“The EC has been collecting an advance list to stop the harassment of the candidates' agents,” said the Election Commissioner.

He said:  “The candidates have been asked to send their agents’ list to the Election Commission in advance. So that we can see if anyone is arrested without a warrant.”

According to the schedule announced by the Election Commission, polls will be held in Sylhet, Barisal and Rajshahi City on July 30.

On May 15, Khulna and on June 26, Gazipur City Corporation was held.

Earlier, BNP accused the police of arresting its leaders and agents in these two city polls.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday demanded the cancellation of the results of the Gazipur City election.

The American Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat also expressed concern over the irregularities in Khulna and Gazipur City elections.

The Election Commission directed this rule after facing continued criticism.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has appointed an election commissioner to investigate the incident of irregularities in Gazipur city polls.

After learning from its previous mistakes, the EC has promised to hold fair elections in the next three city corporations.