Drive by joint forces could be stopped if it hampers UZ polls: Shah NawazNew Age Online
Election commissioner Shah Nawaz said on Sunday it could ask the authorities to postpone the ongoing drive by the joint forces if it hampers the upazila council elections.
‘If the joint forces’ drive hampers election process in any areas, we will ask them (authorities) to stop the drive in the respective area,’ Shah Nawaz told a group of reporters at his office.
He said unlike the past general elections, violence would not take place in the upazila council polls to be held in six phases.
‘We had meetings with the heads of law enforcing agencies as well as representatives of the armed forces. We hope the upazila polls will be held smoothly,’ he said.
‘Members of law enforcing agencies have told us that law and order has improved and polls will be held in a peaceful manner,’ he added.
In response to a question, Shah Nawaz said the commission was yet to decide how long the armed forces would remain deployed during the upazila polls. ‘Country’s law and order has almost returned to normalcy now. So I do not think the armed forces should be deployed for a long period.’
A total of 692 candidates have submitted nomination papers for the position of upazila chairman, 660 for the vice-chairman post and 380 for the reserved vice-chairperson posts for women of 98 upazila council polls as the submission of nomination closed on Saturday.
Leaders of both the major rival political alliance, led by the ruling Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party have submitted nomination for the polls slated for February 19 in the first phase.
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