EC has not decided to deploy army: CEC


PV Desk : Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda today said the Commission took no decision to deploy army during the 11th Jatiya Samgsad elections.

“The commission has not taken any decision in this regard (though) discussions are underway if the army would be called out during the polls time,” he said.

As the CEC’s attention was drawn to the Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukdar’s recent remarks that the commission could favour military deployment Huda said “it was his (Mahbub) personal remarks”.

Supplementing the CEC’ acting EC secretary of Helal Uddin Ahmed said the commission could take decisions on military deployment after announcement of the polls schedule.

“We still have one year in hand (before the election),” he said.

Asked whether the military could be described as a “law enforcement agency” during polls, Ahmed said the country’s Constitution, Representation of the People Order (RPO), and the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) would require amendments to define army as a law enforcement agency.

“Army is a force to protect the State, it is not a law enforcement agency,” Ahmed added.