Terrorism, election can’t go together: EC Mahbub
Election commissioner Mahbub Talukder on Wednesday expressed serious concern over the rising incidents of violence and terrorism ahead of the 30 December national elections.
“Election and terrorism can’t go together,” he told newsmen in a written statement at his election bhaban office.
Mahbub Talukder, whose difference of opinion with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda has come to the fore in recent times, expressed his views that it is not enough to hold a participatory ballot, rather the election has to be made free, fair, neutral and lawful.
“Unless the election is acceptable and credible, we will not be able to stand as a dignified nation at the world stage,” he said.
A former civil servant and an author, he went on to say, “We don’t want to be stigmatised by holding a questionable election. Whoever or whichever party may win the polls but the nation should not be defeated.”
The election commissioner’s statement came in the wake of massive allegations of attacks on the opposition candidates and filing of ‘fictitious’ cases and arrest of their leaders and activists in thousands.
Mahbub Talukder called on the members of the law enforcing agencies not to act overenthusiastically in committing excesses.
“You are the largest supportive force in the electoral process. It’s your responsibility to follow equitable principle and carry out duties neutrally. Please refrain from behaving in a biased manner,” he said apparently addressing the law enforcement.
Also addressing the returning officers, Mahbub Talukder said, “Carry out your duties in accordance with law, showing courage and without fear and favour for anyone.”
The election commissioner urged the voters to cast vote for their chosen candidates and not to surrender to fear and temptation if any.
“This year’s election is the one to uphold our dignity,” Mahbub Talukder added.