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EC for changes to electoral code and conduct

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Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda said the commission would bring some changes in electoral code of conduct to create a level-playing field, in case of holding election without dissolving the present Jatiya Sangsad, Agencies report.

He was speaking at the certificate-distribution ceremony of a three-day training program at Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) Saturday .

The program was organized by PIB in association with Reporters Forum for Election and Democracy.

Additional Secretary of Information Ministry Md Abual Hossain spoke on the occasion as the special guest. All registered political parties will take part in the next parliament election, the CEC expressed his optimism.

“Political parties have confidence in us. No political party arises any allegation over neutrality of the Election Commission,” he said.

The CEC said if all parties do not take part, the election will not be a competitive one. About the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs), Huda said the decision in this regard is yet to be taken.

EVMs will be used experimentally in local government elections, including upcoming Gazipur and Khulna city corporations polls, he said.

The CEC said if the main stakeholders of election- political parties and voters- agree on the use of EVM in the polls, then it will be used in the national election too.

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