Cell phone to remain open

Staff Reporter
Cellular phones network will be in operation during the parliamentary elections to facilitate communication, Chief Election Commissioner Dr ATM Shamsul Huda said yesterday.
In a televised address, CEC said the mobile phones would remain open this time during the parliamentary elections in order to keep communications uninterrupted.
He said none would be allowed to enter the polling center with mobile phone while casting their vote.
“Without authorised persons, nobody will be allowed to use mobile phone in the polling centers,” the CEC said.
Earlier Election Commissioner M Sakhawat Hossain said they have recommended the suspension of network in certain areas.
A letter from the Election Commission has been sent to the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) on Sunday afternoon.
The letter, signed by the senior assistant secretary at the EC Secretariat, states on election day, suspension of networks in certain areas might become essential.
“The mobile network will be active on election day though there is the provision for suspension of network in some areas,” said Mihir Sarwar Morshed, deputy secretary at the EC Secretariat.
In the past, the CEC supported undisturbed mobile network during election.

Courtesy: nation.ittefaq.com

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