I am ready to resign at any moment: Mahbub Talukder

Senior Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder said, “If I resign personally, if there is any benefit, if there is any benefit to the country, then I am ready to resign at any moment.” He was responding to a question from reporters at his office in the election building on Monday.

Recently, 42 citizens have demanded the resignation of the Election Commission alleging financial irregularities. Mahbub Talukder said, “This claim is probably not with us, it has been made elsewhere.” We have become election commissioners through a process. Now if the Supreme Judicial Council is formed about us, we have nothing to say. Not right? And after being selected through a process I resigned, it doesn’t matter.

“I have received three requests for resignation so far,” he said. How many times will I resign now? That is also a question. In a written statement, Mahbub Talukder said, “Today is the 4th anniversary of the current Election Commission. Looking back, it seems we need introspection. We are satisfied that almost all the elections have been free, fair and peaceful. But not all our demands on elections are consistent with the perception of the people. Not only political parties, but also the silent people need to make an effort to listen to the unheard language.

He said that at present the election is becoming centralized. Unilateral elections cannot be an element of multi-party democracy. Since democracy cannot be established without elections, democracy has to be observed and preserved through strict observance of every election law and code of conduct.

In his written statement, Mahbub Talukder also raised the question of reforming the electoral system. He said election management is now on the brink of a deep ditch as the electoral process has not been properly reformed. This reform does not depend on the Election Commission. This requires the compromise of the political parties and all concerned. “Looking at the results of the municipal elections, my idea is that the election wants to go into exile,” he said. Election means choosing through voting from among many. But that condition is not observed nowadays. The question arises, is the election now pre-determined? If elections are not participatory and universally accepted, democracy cannot develop in its glory through a controversial election.

He added that from next May, the Union Parishad elections will be held in a few steps on a wide range of party symbols. I fear violence in this election too. Violations of the code of conduct and violence have now become part of the election. There is no way to sidestep any untoward incident as an isolated incident. Because a combination of several isolated events creates an uninterrupted situation. So in order to get out of the curse of loss of life, we must find a way to protect the peaceful environment. Necessary steps need to be taken to find out why our initiative is not working for fair elections.

Finally, referring to himself as an optimistic man, he said, “As an optimistic person at the beginning of the last year of the current Election Commission’s tenure, can we resort to the proverb ‘Whose end is better than all’?”


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