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Army to be deployed during nat’l poll

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Staff Reporter
Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder on Tuesday reiterated that the army will be deployed during the next general election.
"I talked to other commissioners and their realization is that the army should be deployed in the election. I also personally think that there should be army to meet public expectations," he told reporters at his office on Tues-day. He further said, time will say how and in which format army will be deployed in the polls.
Apparently noting that the army can be deployed within the existing legal framework, he said according to the Code of Criminal Procedure 1898, a commissioned army officer may bring anyone under laws during any trou-ble.
He, however, said the decision is yet to be taken in a Commission's meeting over the army deployment.
The Election Commissioner also said no 'identified' Jamaat man will be allowed to contest the next parliamen-tary elections even as an independent candidate. "We won't allow identified persons of Jamaat-e-Islami in the election... If they want to contest the election as independent candidates, the Commission will take decision as-sessing them individually," he said.
He, however, did not explain whether any legal reforms will be needed to keep the Jamaat men out of the elec-tion race.
Noting that they will sincerely try to arrange a fair election, he said, "We're accountable to the people for hold-ing an election which will be free, fair and neutral and participatory and there will be question over it."
About the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs), the election commissioner said it will not be possible to hold the next national election fully based on EVMs due to time constraints. "And Most of the old EVMs have already lost their workability. However, we'll go for EVMs in the city corporation election on a trial basis."
About registration of new political parties, Mahbub Talukder said the Commission will provide registration to those parties which will fulfill the pre-conditions. "We'll in no way show laxity over fulfillment of the pre-conditions."