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>Bangladesh’s Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) ATM Shamsul Huda today said there would be no code of conduct to follow for the media in the December 29 parliamentary polls.

He made the remark at a roundtable organised by Dhaka University Mass Communication and Journalism Alumni Association titled ‘Ninth Parliamentary Election and Our Media’.

The CEC however expressed his discontents as the loan defaulters are getting legal shield to contest the polls.

“The well-known defaulters will run in the election with legal shields whereas the others would found themselves completely shattered,” he said, adding, “The Election Commission is unable to implement the Representation of People Order properly.”

“Due to their writ petitions, the Election Commission now finds it absolutely difficult to create a level playing field for all,” CEC Huda said.

With Dr Abdus Salam, chairman of Mass Communication and Journalism Department, in the chair, university teachers, political leaders and journalists spoke at the discussion.

Many of them strongly criticised the EC for its previously placing code of conduct for the media.


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