Pick polls observer not affiliated with politics: CEC

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Pns:Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Sunday urged the polls monitoring organisations not to pick any person affiliated with politics as election observer.

"You'll have to be careful so that no person linked to politics can be appointed as election observer," he said at the Election Commission's dialogue with the polls monitoring organisations.

Some 30 representatives from the election monitoring organisations attended the meeting began at 11am in the city's Nirbachon Bhaban with the CEC in the chair.

KM Nurul Huda called upon the organisations to perform the responsibility maintaining neutrality and impartiality.

He also asked the organisations to remain careful so that their monitoring activities do not hamper the vote-casting process.

The EC on July 31 last started its dialogues with different stakeholders, including political parties to seek opinions over the Commission's preparation for the 11th general election likely to be held in December, 2008.

As part of the dialogue, the EC held talks with civil society members on July 31, media persons on August 16 and 17, and 40 registered political parties from August 24 to October 19.

The Commission will also hold talks with women leaders on Monday and election experts on Tuesday.

PNS/Tamanna Khan



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