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Ballots will be signed with seals, invalid votes will not be counted: EC Anichur

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In the forthcoming 12th National Parliament election, the part of the ballot paper given to the voter will have the seal as well as the signature of the assistant presiding officer, said Election Commissioner Md. Anishur Rahman. He also said that unsigned ballots will not be counted if someone votes by force.

Md. Anichur Rahman said this while talking to reporters after exchanging views on candidates and election officials at Brahmanbaria District Commissioner’s office on Friday afternoon.

EC Anichur Rahman said, ‘Ballot papers will be sent to the center in the morning to make the election fair. The portion of the ballot paper given to the voter will now bear the seal as well as the signature of the Assistant Presiding Officer. The part of the ballot paper which is given to the voter should have only one seal. This time there should be the signature of the Assistant Presiding Officer. We have also added this to the law. Without it, even if someone votes by force, it will not be counted. That vote will be considered null and void.’

BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi’s response to the question made by Anishur Rahman on the call for polling officials to abstain from their duties and the list of who will be MPs has been made. He said, ‘There will be no selection, voting should be fair, free and fair. Voters must vote. If he has such a list, ask him to publish it. I have no say in this.’

“Those who are performing the duty in the election are performing the state duty. They are government employees. Not a party or government employee. The constitution states that it is the responsibility of the executive department to provide assistance to the Election Commission. The Election Commission has given responsibility to whoever is required to be given responsibility. If he does not fulfill that responsibility – the crime that will be committed, he will be responsible for the crime.’ He added.

When the government asked about the party candidates’ protocol for campaigning, the election commissioner said, “I told them in the exchange meeting who will get the protocol.” I hope you don’t see it again.’

EC Anisur Rahman said regarding the deployment of army in the election, ‘Army, BGB, RAB, police and Ansar members will patrol the electoral areas from December 29. They will not stay in one place, they will move around the entire constituency. Where assistance is needed, they will provide assistance.’

While talking to the journalists, Brahmanbaria Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer next to EC Anichur. Habibur Rahman, Superintendent of Police. Shakhawat Hossain, the captain of the 25th battalion of the BGB, Lt. Colonel Syed Arman Arif and 60 battalion captain Lt. Colonel Md. Ashiq Hasan Ullah and others were present.



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