Dhaka – Newly appointed Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda is confident to hold an impartial election ensuring participation of all the political parties.
“We will remain uncompromising towards our responsibilities. We will be able to bring all the political parties, small and big, to confidence before the election,” Huda told reporters after his swearing in as Chief Election Commissioner on Wednesday.
He said the government has no scope to influence the election commission.
Huda addressed the press conference hours after he and four election commissioners took oath to run the election commission for the next five years.
During their tenure, the commission is scheduled to hold next general election sometime in early 2019.
The main challenge is to bring the major opposition party, Bangladesh Nationalist Party, which had boycotted the last general election in 2014 citing that the election commission was not impartial and the party has been asking for a non-party caretaker administration to oversee holding of a credible election.
The CEC promised that he would hold a credible election upholding professional and constitutional responsibilities bestowed upon him.
“We will not be influenced in any circumstances by anyone,” said the former bureaucrat appointed as CEC by President Abdul Hamid last week.
Huda clarified that he does not belong to any political party. He also dispelled rumors that he was an activist of Janatar Mancha, a pro-Awami League platform that forced the BNP government in 1996.
In the early afternoon, Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha administered the oath of the new CEC, Huda, and four election commissioners – Mahbub Talukder, Md Rafiqul Islam, Begum Kabita Khanam and Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury.
The ceremony was taken place at the Judges Lounge of the Supreme Court. Nurul Huda replaced Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad.