No level playing field exists, says Mahbub Talukder

Election commissioner Mahabub Talukder speaks at a briefing at his office at Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital on Monday.– New Age photo

Election commissioner Mahabub Talukder on Monday said that he did not think anything called level playing field existed and it became a meaningless jargon.
At a briefing in the Election Commission headquarters, he said that a minimum level playing field was yet to be created for the December 30 general election.
The election commissioner said that he was not opposing the remark of chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda that a level playing field was already created.
He said that it was his difference of opinion with Nurul Huda.
On Saturday, Nurul Huda said that he thought a level playing field was ensured as the candidates could carry out electioneering and there was no obstruction.
Replying a query, Mahbub said that he was still hopeful about creating an environment for acceptable polls if the executive magistrates, judicial magistrates, electoral enquiry committees functioned professionally.
He said that situation would improve after deployment of troops.
He said that there was no relation between participatory and peaceful election as the main factor was holding a credible and acceptable election.
He said that the bosses of the law enforcement agencies were now under commission’s control and the bosses knew if the field level officers were in control or not.
The commissioner urged the voters and law enforcers to maintain the electoral code of conduct and not to violate law.

Source: New Age.

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