Don't talk to Media, EC secretary urges poll observers

Kalerkantho Online   

20 November, 2018 14:57 PM

Don't talk to Media, EC secretary urges poll observers

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The local election observers have been asked not to talk to the mass media on the day of the 11th parliamentary elections scheduled to be held on December 30.

Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed came up with the instruction today while briefing some of the local organisations which monitor elections.

He said: "The poll monitors cannot talk to the media persons. They are also requested not to make any comment over any issues related to the election and give live interviews to media."

"They can neither carry any mobile phone nor can take any pictures. However, they can make a report on any irregularities or issues and can inform the commission instantly about it," he added.

Helaluddin said the poll observers will not also be allowed to enter the marking rooms and polling booths. 

Regarding the eligibility of an election monitor, the EC secretary said: "The member of any political party cannot be an election monitor and the minimum age of an observer should be 25 years and at least s/he should be HSC pass." 

"Only some police officials concerned and presiding officers will be able to carry their phones inside the polling centres," he further said.

A total of 118 organisations have so far been registered with the EC to monitor the election.