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EC to monitor SCC polls through CCTV: CEC

EC to monitor SCC polls through CCTV: CEC

Staff Correspondent

All polling stations in Sylhet City Corporation will be monitored by closed-circuit TV cameras (CCTV), said Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal on Saturday.

"The election will be monitored through CCTVs from Dhaka. If a voter faces any kind of trouble while casting a vote, you will raise your voice. We will take measures from there," he said.

The CEC came up with the remarks while speaking at a view-exchange meeting over the SCC election at Jalalabad Gas Auditorium in Mendibagh of the city.

Regarding EVM, Habibul Awal said, many people talk a lot about EVM but its testing ended long ago. "In the EVM system, no one can vote for others. If someone can prove it, I will take liability for this."

"So you go to the polling stations on time and cast your vote", the CEC urged.

He also warned that the candidature will be canceled if anyone breaches the electoral code of conduct. “You won't do anything which will invalidate your candidature,” he said.

The CEC said that the way of election campaign may change in the future. Information Technology will add to it and candidates will campaign on social media platforms. "We have to think about how to bring change in the pattern of campaign in the future", he said.

Sylhet Divisional Commissioner Dr. Muhammad Mosharraf Hossain presided over the meeting while Election Commission Secretary Md Jahangir Alam, Sylhet Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ilias Sharif, Sylhet Deputy Commissioner Mojibur Rahman, Sylhet Regional Election Officer and City Corporation Election Returning Officer Faisal Quader were also present.

A total of 8 mayoral and 360 councilors candidates are competing in Sylhet City Corporation elections slated for June 21.

A total of 4,87,753 voters are expected to cast their votes using the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) at 190 polling centres in the city.

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