BNP pleads for army deployment in NCC polls

Dhaka,  Sun,  04 December 2016
Published : 29 Nov 2016, 23:46:22

BNP pleads for army deployment in NCC polls

The BNP has now made a formal appeal through sending a letter to the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) for Army deployment in Narayanganj one weak ahead of its city election billed for December 22, reports UNB.

A BNP delegation, led by its senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, went to the Election Commission (EC) secretariat on Tuesday with the letter signed by party general secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

Later, the team handed over the letter to Election Commission Secretary Mohammad Abdullah at his office in the city.

Since after the announcement of the schedule for the Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC) election, the BNP had been demanding army deployment for a free and fair balloting.

Talking to journalists after handing over the letter, Rizvi said: "We hope the current EC will take good initiatives at the fag end of its tenure to brighten its image. We've demanded army deployment in Narayanganj seven days ahead of the voting for ensuring fair polling."

Mentioning that the returning officer himself said all the polling stations are vulnerable, the BNP leader said the EC would have to take proper steps considering the overall situation in the election area.

In the letter, the party also called for creating a level-playing field, recovering illegal arms and ensuring a congenial atmosphere so that voters can safely go the polling stations and cast their votes without any intimidation.

BNP's other demands include taking steps to keep election officials free from political influence, providing the candidates with the list of the election officials 10 days before the voting, ensuring security for polling agents and deploying adequate number of law enforcers at every polling station.
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