Members of the Armed Forces are entering the field on December 29 to maintain law and order in the upcoming 12th National Assembly elections. The armed forces have confirmed that they will be deployed up to the upazila level of the country till January 10.
President Md. Bangabhaban last Sunday. Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal sought permission to deploy army in the election after meeting with Sahabuddin.
Later in front of Bangabhaban Election Commission Secretary Md. Jahangir Alam said that in principle the President has agreed to deploy the army in the elections. However, it is yet to be determined how long the army will be deployed.
Before that, on December 11, the commission held a meeting with the senior officers of the army regarding the deployment of the army. After the meeting, the Principal Staff Officer of the Army, Lieutenant General Walker-Uz-Zaman told reporters that the army can be deployed across the country from December 29, subject to the permission of the President.
The EC announced the schedule for the 12th National Assembly elections on November 15 amid opposition from BNP and their allies. According to the schedule, the vote will be held on January 7.
BNP has rejected the election schedule. 15 parties including BNP are not participating in this election. On the other hand, 29 political parties including Awami League-National Party are participating in the elections.
Finally, the armed forces were deployed under the ‘Aid to the Civil Power’ provision to provide necessary assistance to the civil administration for 10 days before and after the polling day of the last 11th National Assembly elections.