'Everything' to go under EC, says PM

Ref: The prime minister has said that ‘everything’ including the law enforcers will work under the authority of the Election Commission (EC) during polls. Addressing the party’s central working committee meeting on Wednesday, Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, referring to the recent changes to the constitution said the EC would be given full independence.

The 15th amendment to the constitution lays down that during the 90-day period to hold election, the interim government will take advice only from the EC and that none can challenge any decision of the commission in courts from declaration of poll schedule until publication of results as gazettes.

“We want to ensure that only those elected by the people lead the country.” She said that her government was successful in strengthening democracy.

“The Election Commission will work independently and impartially. So it must be strengthened, and law enforcers and others will be working under the commission,” Hasina told the meeting at Ganabhaban.

She also claimed that her government did not influence any of the polls taking place with her in the office after the 2008 polls.

Commissioner M Sakhawat Hossain on Tuesday demanded that three ministries – home, public administration and local government – and the Cabinet Division work in accordance with the EC during the period of interim government.

The prime minster also said her government was trying to keep the prices of essentials under control, so that people do not suffer. She also said that special measures were underway to ease people’s usual sufferings during Ramadan.

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