In ensuring the transparency of the upcoming Dhaka-17 by-election, DMP Commissioner Khandker Golam Faruq has expressed his commitment to upholding impartiality to maintaining law and order.
The by-election to the Dhaka-17 constituency will be held on July 17, the as per the schedule announced by the Election Commission. With the by-election date approaching, the assurance of a fair and impartial election has been reinforced by both the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner and the Election Commission Secretary.
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Additionally, 75 voting in various areas will be held on July 17 along with the Dhaka-17 by-election. The voting process in Dhaka will be conducted using ballot boxes and ballot papers, which will start from 8 am and continue till 4 pm on the election.
The election will be held in the seat vacated after the death of film actor and member of parliament Akbar Hossain Pathan Farooque.
DMP Commissioner pledges to resign if partiality occurs in Dhaka-17 by-election
DMP Commissioner Khandker Golam Faruq has stated that if the impartiality of the police is not maintained in the upcoming by-election in Dhaka-17 constituency, he will resign from his position as the DMP Commissioner.
Speaking after a meeting on law and order issues at the election center in Agargaon, Dhaka, on Tuesday (July 4), he said, “We will ensure that the issue of law and order is well addressed. Equal importance will be given to all areas. We will assess where the risks are higher or lower. Force deployment will be adjusted accordingly. The directions given by the Commission regarding the by-election in Dhaka will be implemented to ensure a fair vote.”
Khandker Golam Faruq further stated, “The DMP has the capability. We have sufficient force for the deployment in Dhaka’s by-election. We have enough capability to protect law and order during the election. The police will always be there to support the Election Commission’s desire for a fair, impartial, and transparent election.”
He added, “How the voting will be held, will depend on the voters and the presiding officers. Our job is to maintain full control over the law and order situation at the center so that voters can cast their votes without any hindrance. The police will make every effort to prove their impartiality.”
Khandker Golam Faruq said, “Our impartiality will be proven. Who doesn’t believe it? I guarantee it a hundred percent. Keep your eye on the election on July 17, and see if we can prove our impartiality. If we fail to do so, then you can say… I will resign from my position as the DMP Commissioner.”
EC Secretary assures fair election
Election Commission Secretary Jahangir Alam stated that the upcoming elections, including the by-elections for the Dhaka-17 constituency on July 17, will be conducted accurately and impartially, as per the law, under the guidance of the Election Commission (EC). The law enforcement agencies have been directed by the EC to ensure fairness and impartiality.
“We assure you that the election will be conducted accurately and fairly,” Jahangir Alam stated. He also emphasized the complete trust in the police administration and urged them to take all necessary steps to ensure a free and fair election, following the directives of the EC and maintaining law and order.”
The meeting was chaired by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Kazi Habibul Awal. Other election commissioners and senior officials of the EC were present at the meeting.