October 17, 2021, 9:37 pm
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has said that there is no chance of postponing the by-election in Sylhet-3 constituency due to legal and constitutional obligations. He said that all the activities of the by-election to be held on July 28 will be outside the coronavirus restrictions.
The CEC said this while addressing a law and order meeting on the occasion of by-elections at the conference room of Sylhet Deputy Commissioner’s Office on Saturday. In the current situation of the epidemic coronavirus, KM Nurul Huda urged everyone to wear masks and come to the polling station at a safe distance.
He said the administration would be in a tough position to ensure fair voting in compliance with the health rules. He said that EVM voting will be held in all the centers of Sylhet-3 constituency.
The meeting was chaired by Sylhet Deputy Commissioner M Kazi Emdadul Islam, who is the returning officer for the Sylhet-3 by-election, and was attended by Election Commissioner Brigadier General (retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury and other officials of the Election Commission and administration.
Earlier, CEC Nurul Huda and Commissioner Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury arrived in Sylhet on Saturday morning to attend the meeting.
After the meeting, Election Commissioner Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury said that the commission is doing everything to fulfill its constitutional responsibility. There is no room for any doubt.
Awami League MP Mahmud Us Samad Chowdhury died of coronavirus on March 11 in Sylhet-3 seat became vacant.
Three lakh 30 thousand voters will cast their votes in 149 centers through EVM in the by-election on July 28. Awami League’s Habibur Rahman Habib, Jatiya Party’s Atiqur Rahman Atiq, BNP’s rebel (independent) Shafi Ahmad Chowdhury and Bangladesh Congress’ Junaid Mohammad Mia are contesting in this election.