20 Sep 2021, 19:25
Update : 20 Sep 2021, 19:38

Election Commission is capable, strong, and independent: Hasan

  DHAKA, Sept 20, 2021 (BSS) - Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan 
Mahmud today said the Election Commission (EC) of the country doesn't need 
anyone's assistance as the commission itself is strong, capable, and 
independent for holding polls.

  "I think there is no need of anyone's help for holding elections in 
Bangladesh as the commission has already conducted many polls in fair and 
transparent manner," he said talking to reporters at the meeting room of his 
ministry at the Secretariat here.

   Earlier, Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary, unveiled a 
publication 'BSRF Barta', the maiden publication of Bangladesh Secretariat 
Reporters Forum (BSRF).

   He congratulated the BSRF committee members for the publication, 
expressing hope that it (publication) would be published regularly.

   Replying to another query over seeking bank details of journalists, the 
minister said the government can seek anyone's bank details.

  "Bank details of lawmakers, businessmen and government officials have also 
been sought. But, there is no need to be worried if they are transparent and 
honest. Their image in front of the people will be brighten if their 
transparency regarding finance comes out through this bank account," he 

   Many people raised question why the bank details were sought in the name 
of organizations and it was published in the mass media, he said. 

  Replying to another comment over a demand of conducting an impartial 
election under neutral government by BNP, Hasan said the BNP leaders demanded 
this during the last twelve and a half years. But the countrymen didn't 
response to their call, he added.

  The present government will perform duties in the next parliamentary 
election as the electoral government as per the Bangladesh's constitution, he 

   Criticising a comment of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir 
on Begum Khaleda Zia's permanent release, the minister said they (BNP) should 
thank the government. "Begum Zia didn't get bail. The Prime Minister has 
shown her unprecedented generosity to Begum Zia by releasing her (Begum Zia), 
who is a convicted for embezzling the money of orphans," he added.


   "The government can suspend the six-month stay order at any time. If the 
order is revoked tomorrow, then Begum Khaleda Zia will have to go back to 
jail. I think they should remember this," he added.

  Replying to a query on IP (internet protocol) TV, Hasan said it is the duty 
of his ministry to provide registration for IP TV. But, they (IP TV) get 
domain from BTRC (Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission), he 
added.  From now, he said the authorities concerned should be more careful in 
allocating domain. A meeting will be held on this issue on September 22, he 

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