CEC making a mockery of dialogue with parties: BNP

Dhaka,  Fri,  22 September 2017
Published : 07 Aug 2017, 23:56:33
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CEC making a mockery of dialogue with parties: BNP

A BNP senior leader alleged on Monday Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has been staging a mockery with the nation in the name of dialogue with different stakeholders ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections, reports UNB.

BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came up with the remarks while speaking at a mild-mahfil and memorial meeting organised by Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal at the party's Nayapaltan central office in the city, marking the fourth death anniversary of its ex-office secretary Munshi Jamaluddin Ahmed.

The BNP leader urged the Election Commission (EC) to work for the restoration of people's voting rights to gain public confidence instead of making any mockery.

"People will consider it as a mockery what're you (CEC) doing now in the name of dialogue. Stop it, and work for restoring people's voting rights which will help you gain public trust," he said.

The BNP leader further said, "The CEC said they'll only consider the suggestions of civil society members which are made in the light of the existing law and the constitution. If this is the case, why did you make a mockery in the name of talks? You shouldn't have staged such a drama."

As part of the roadmap prepared by EC, the commission sat with civil society members on July 31, commencing its around two-month-long talks with different stakeholders about the next general election.

Most of the participants suggested the commission earn people's trust through making their activities visible as an independent body. They also recommended defining army as law enforcers so that they can be engaged in the next polls for holding it in a free and fair manner.

Rizvi asked the CEC whether they invited the intellectuals to insult them by ignoring their 90 per cent suggestions. "The election won't be free and fair, if it his held under the current law and constitution. In fact, you (CEC) don't have any commitment to holding a fair and impartial election."

He came down hard on the CEC saying Huda is not sincere about holding a credible election as he is a pro-ruling party man. "Your activities give us an impression that you're plotting to hold a lopsided election to prolong one-party Baksal rule."

The BNP leader alleged that his party has not been allowed to hold any programme in the current month as the ruling party is set to observe the National Mourning Day on August 15 commemorating the brutal killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on that day in 1975.

"Did you make one of the 12 months disappear from calendar that no other political party can arrange any programme in the month?" he questioned Awami League.

Rizvi said ruling party men and law enforcers are obstructing his party's member collection programme and attacking his party leaders and activists at different parts of the country.

Describing August 15 as a tragic incident, he said, "We also say a trembling incident took place in the month of August, and this is also justified that Awami League should observe a Mourning Day. But obstructing others from holding any programme in the month is an exposure of the party's Baksal attitude."
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