Published:  02:34 AM, 17 July 2017

Risk management challenge for EC

The Election Commi-ssion has to go ahead with the effective policy to face electoral risks and to initiate new standards for holding free, fair and credible elections with a view to building confidence for conducting the activities to run the elections.

The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has announced 7-point election roadmap while he was speaking yester at a press brief regarding the preparedness of EC in order to run the parliament election to be held at the end of 2018 or early 2019.

According to International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA), risk management is a complex process that requires sufficient resources and metho-dical rigor. If an election management body suffers from budget retractions, or if there is a lack of understanding of the costs and benefits of risk management, it may make the organization's leaders hesitant to work properly.

The Election Commi-ssion is seriously handicapped in absence of an effective mechanism to monitor and scrutinize the returns of election expenses of contesting candidates or political parties in  the manner prescribed by law, former CEC Abu Hena alleged. JANIPOP Chairman Dr Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah has said that Bangladesh Election Commission is beset with challenges and risk factors, but EC is capable  enough to address these. As a result, it has published a 7-point roadmap to conduct 11th parliamentary election properly.

Today the Election Commission Secretariat is mainly staffed with government officials on deputation. This has been a time-honored system which outliving its utility and hence it is needed to be phased out gradually. The Election Commission, to be meaningfully independently, should have full control over its employees including the Secretary, the EC sources said.

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