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EC refutes violence in UZ polls

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Staff Reporter
Refuting the allegation of massive violence during the first two phases of the upazila elections, Election Commissioner Abu Hafiz on Wednesday said candidates can go to court if they have any complaint.
“Anyone can go to court, if any irregularity occurs. Our every activity is subjected to the judicial scrutiny,” he told reporters replying to a query at his Election Commission Secretariat office.
Asked about EC move to end violence he said, “We’ve done whatever has been possible under our jurisdiction.”
Terming violence as a disease he said, “It is not true that violence has occurred everywhere. No violence happened in the North Bengal. The election is being held smoothly there.”
The election violence has happened in some places including Noakhali and Laxmipur, he added.
Ruling out another allegation that the law enforcers harass BNP-Jamaat men in the election areas across the country, the commissioner wondered how BNP-Jamaat men then have won, if they are being harassed.”
Defending the Election Commission’s decision to hold countrywide upazila elections in phases, he said the commission considered the security constraints.
Police told the EC that the law enforcement agency will face problem to provide security if all the upazila parishads go to polling same day amid the trade fair, the Ekushey Book fair and the cricket games in the capital, Hafiz said.
He said the commission holds the upazila elections in non-partisan manner, but the media publish the election results identifying political affiliation of the candidates.
About the third phase election in 81 upazilas, he said the commission has taken enough security measures for the polls scheduled for March 15.

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