Published: Friday, December 20, 2013

JAN 5 JS POLLS

Army deployment from Dec 26 to Jan 9

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad speaks to journalists at NEC auditorium after a meeting with law enforcing agencies and returning officers on Friday afternoon. Photo: Focus Bangla

Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad speaks to journalists at NEC auditorium after a meeting with law enforcing agencies and returning officers on Friday afternoon. Photo: Focus Bangla

Army personnel will remain deployed across the country for 15 days from December 26 to ensure security for the January 5 parliamentary election.

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad made the announcement today after a meeting with representatives from different law enforcement agencies at the National Economic Council (NEC) auditorium.

An army camp will be set up in every district, the CEC said, though he did not mention the total number of army personnel to be deployed.

“We have given a framework. The final figure will be determined by the armed forces division on the basis of local law and order as well as intelligence agency reports,” he told reporters.

The number of personnel from different enforcement agencies including Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), Coast Guard, Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and Armed Police Battalion (APBn) to be deployed will be determined by the home ministry soon, he added.

The army and BGB will act as striking forces and will be accompanied by magistrates, Rakibuddin said.

However, the time period for the army deployment might differ from place to place as places with worsened law and enforcement situation might see army deployment for longer periods.

Law and order across the country is improving, the CEC said quoting superintendents of police present at the meeting, adding that they are working to improve the situation further so that voters can cast votes without any barrier.

Asked about his view on many foreign election observation groups’ refraining from monitoring the polls, Rakibuddin expressed hope that as the condition improves further, many will step forward to observe the election.