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No political events except election campaigns from Dec 18 to Jan 7: Kamal

Published : Friday, 15 December, 2023 at 12:00 AM  Count : 168

Responding to the directives of the Election Commission (EC), the Home Ministry on Thursday issued a circular imposing restrictions on holding political programmes except election campaign and publicity related activities during the election period from December 18.

The Public Security Division (PSD) under the Ministry has issued the circular on Thursday.

The circular has been forwarded to all of the returning officers (RO) across the country on Thursday following the instruction of the EC, so that the January 7 national election can be held peacefully.

The circular said, "The meetings and rallies, which can hamper the election activities and demotivate the people or voters from casting their votes, will remain restricted from December 18 to till the voting day.

 Following the instruction of the authorities concerned, its requested to abstain from declaring or implementing such programmes during the period."

Earlier on December 12, the EC Secretariat sent a letter to the Public Security Division (PSD) to take necessary steps in this regards to hold a free, fair and peaceful national election on January 7 next year.

Candidates of January 7 will start official campaign from December 18 after getting election symbols. The appeal hearing of the candidates, whose candidature was lost during the scrutiny of the nomination papers, is now going on. The hearing will be completed on Friday.

After the withdrawal of candidature on December 17, the candidates will get symbol on December 18. The official election campaign will be started from the same day, according to the EC.

In response to a query about legitimacy of such a decision to impose restrictions on political programmes, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told media while talking in his office at the Secretariat, "Its a normal matter. The election is being held at a special situation. All parties will remain busy with the campaigns of their candidates. Two parties can come face to face during the period. It would hamper the election process if any other party, which is not participating in the polls, comes on the street and gives demotivating statements."

"I think the Election Commission has given such an instruction to hold a free, fair and peaceful election smoothly. The EC is a constitutional entity. They have given the instruction in accordance with the Constitution. There was no violation of the Constitution," he claimed.

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