Newly-appointed Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has set a target for bringing all political parties to the next parliamentary election in the country.
The CEC asked officials of the Election Commission (EC) to work hard during his maiden meeting with them at the EC secretariat in the capital on Thursday.
The CEC and four commissioners of the newly-constituted commission took charge on Wednesday. On Thursday, the commissioners headed by the CEC paid tributes to the war martyrs, placing wreaths at the National Memorial in Savar.
At the meeting, they discussed the capacity of the Indian Election Commission and some other countries’ electoral systems, officials said.
The EC also decided to do everything for ensuring all parties’ participation in the next general election in the country. It would maintain a zero-tolerance policy even in the upcoming local body polls.
The CEC said they have taken their duties as a challenge to ensure free and fair elections in the country. “We have yet to start work, so it is not possible to say in detail,” he added.
At the meeting, EC Secretary Muhammad Abdullah presented the overall situation of the commission.
The entire EC office turned into a festive look on Thursday as all the officials and employees of the commission met the new election commissioners and gave wreaths.
The CEC further said he believes that ensuring free and fair elections for the next five years will be ‘challenging.’