Participatory election doesn't mean good one: EC Mahbub

Staff Correspondent . Dhaka | Update:

EC Mahbub TalukderDissident election commissioner Mahbub Talukder on Tuesday contradicted media reports quoting him as appreciating the 30 December parliamentary polls plagued by allegations of fraud, ballot stuffing and violence.

Mahbub Talukder, who earlier showed difference of opinion with the chief election commissioner over level-playing field, on 3 January reportedly lauded the election commission for holding a participatory election. The media reports then even said he made clear deviation from his earlier stand.

On Tuesday, he came up with a clarification, denying the reports that he had changed his earlier position about credibility and acceptability of the 11th parliamentary polls held on 30 December.

The election commissioner mentioned that he had said that the election was participatory.

“I didn’t make any comment about credibility of the election in that programme,” he said in the written statement on Tuesday.

The former bureaucrat, who is also an author, maintains that a participatory election does not guarantee its credibility.

"It's [a participatory election] is of no use unless the process is acceptable to all,” said commissioner Mahbub, who said on 17 December that there is no level-playing field prevailing before the elections.

“When reporters questioned me how the election was, I earlier told them to ask their conscience to find the answer. I still maintain the same view. I have not changed my stand. My speech in a thanks-giving ceremony should not be analysed from a political point of view,” Mahbub said in the statement.

The election commissioner hogged the headlines more than once for his differences of opinion with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda and three other commissioners.

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