EC not to mediate among political parties: CEC

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DHAKA, August 17, 2017 (BSS) – The Election Commission (EC) will not take any responsibility of mediating among political parties over any election-related issue.

“It’s not the EC’s duty to mediate among political parties. I don’t need to go to anyone as the EC is an independent body,” Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Khan Mohammad Nurul Huda today said at a dialogue with media personnel at the EC conference room at Agargaon in the city.

The dialogue was held as part of its series of talks with different stakeholders ahead of the next general elections.

In the two-day talks with media-men, a total of 24 media personalities, including online editors and representatives from electronic media, joined the last-day talks today.

Election Commissioners Mahbub Talukdar, Rafiqul Islam, Begum Kabita Khanam and Brigadier General (Retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury, and EC acting Secretary Md Helaluddin Ahmed were present at the dialogue.

The CEC said, “If necessary, army will be deployed and only the EC will decide in this regard.”

Huda said, “The EC is an independent organization constitutionally… We don’t bow down to any pressure and won’t go to any person for compromise.”

On Wednesday, the EC sat in a dialogue with newspaper editors, journalist leaders, senior journalists and columnists.

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