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Army, BGB troops to be deployed ahead of national election: EC Secy

Army, BGB troops to be deployed ahead of national election: EC Secy

Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed. File Photo

Dhaka, Nov 15 : Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed on Thursday said members of the Army and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will be deployed in the election areas two to 10 days before the 11th national election scheduled to be held on December 30.

The EC secretary said this while talking to assistant returning officers of Chattogram, Sylhet and Barishal divisions at the EC Secretariat in the morning.

Referring to Wednesday’s violence in city’s Paltan area, the EC secretary said, “An unusual incident was occurred and necessary steps will be taken for preventing recurrence of such incident.”

He also urged the assistant returning officers to keep vigil in the field as no one can stick any posters on walls as well as can hang banners.

“Actions will be taken against those who will fail to perform his/her duty during the election time,” he warned.

Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder who was present at the meeting as the chief guest said the dialogue has made the election environment conducive and hoped it will remain so. “No negligence during the election duty will be tolerated,” he warned.

The commissioner also urged all to work for creating a level-playing field for all candidates.

This election is very important as all the political parties are taking part in it, Talukder said adding, “So, I urge all the officials assigned with election-time duty to enforce the electoral code of conduct in their respective areas.”

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