“At work, we all the time maintained transparency, and after turning into commissioners, we’re nonetheless sustaining transparency,” Kabita advised reporters on the Election Fee workplace within the capital’s Agargaon.
About two weeks in the past, 42 eminent residents wrote to President Abdul Hamid for a second time, asking for the formation of a Supreme Judicial Council to probe allegations of “critical monetary corruption and gross election-related misconduct” towards the EC.
The distinguished residents sought to fulfill the president to have the ability to transient him in regards to the allegations in particular person, jurist Shahdeen Malik mentioned in a press release on January 31 on behalf of the residents.
Hooked up with the second letter, despatched to the president on January 17, have been copies of media stories on irregularities on the EC, the assertion talked about.
A bunch of attorneys later known as for resignation of the election commissioners.
“Since they made the complaints to the president, I’ve nothing to say about it,” Kabita mentioned yesterday.
The fee had skilled election officers prior to now, and offering officers with coaching is nothing new.
“Nobody can say that offering coaching to election-related officers is against the law,” she added.
Concerning the audit objection to the coaching expenditures, she mentioned an audit objection didn’t essentially imply there was corruption.
“Audit objections might be raised towards any establishment that spends public cash. Audits are completed to see whether or not the cash allotted was correctly spent,” she mentioned.
Of their second letter, the residents cited a media report that mentioned the EC officers embezzled at the very least Tk 11 crore from the coaching funds.
The report additionally mentioned that 18 officers, together with the chief election commissioner, a number of commissioners, and prime EC officers, took at the very least Tk three crore of the Tk 11 crore.
Of their first letter despatched to the president on December 14, 2020, the residents mentioned members of the fee, beneath the management of KM Nurul Huda, indulged in misconduct and irregularities, together with that of taking Tk 2 crore for being “particular audio system” at coaching programmes forward of the 11th nationwide election and the fifth upazila elections.
In response, KM Nurul Huda on December 24 mentioned the allegations have been “false and ill-motivated”.