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Army needed, EC alone can’t hold fair polls: Emajuddin
Prof Emajuddin Ahmed on Tuesday asked those who oppose army deployment in the national election to clarify the reasons behind it as he thinks only a strong Election Commission (EC) is not enough to hold a fair and neutral election in the country’s current context.
Speaking at a roundtable discussion, he also said a level-playing field must be created alongside dissolving parliament ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections for a credible election.
“The country’s civil society members advocated for the engagement of army in the election. The national elections in 1991, 1996 and 2001 were free and neutral ones due to the deployment of army. They’re also deployed during the natural disaster to serve people. What’s the problem to involve them in the national election? Why shouldn’t we take their help during the polls?” Emajuddin questioned.