BNP demands next polls under 1984 delimitation

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:36, Jun 19,2017 | Updated: 00:43, Jun 19,2017

 
 

BNP on Sunday demanded that the next general election should be held according to parliamentary constituency delimitation made in 1984.
The delimitation done by the army backed caretaker government before the 2008 elections without taking the views of stakeholders created problems, BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain told reporters after meeting with the chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda Sunday.
Khandaker Mosharraf who led a four-member delegation at the meeting, later told reporters that no objection was raised about the 1984 delimitation.
He said that the constituencies delimited in 1984 was changed by the army backed caretaker government ‘for unknown reasons’.
He said that the new delimitation created various problems in at least 134 constituencies.
He said that the BNP delegation came to the meet the CEC being informed that the Election Commission was planning to delimit the constituencies again.
He said that he requested the CEC to create pressure on the government to ensure a level playing field for the next general election.
He said that it would not be possible to create the level playing field by the EC alone as the government and the ruling party had a responsibility in the area.
The CEC told reporters that the EC would do everything to ensure the level playing field.
He also said that the law does now allow the EC to pressurize the government.
He said that the EC agrees with the demands of BNP relating to delimitation of constituencies.
He said that the EC would discuss the issues raised by BNP with the other stake holders before taking any decision.
He said that creation of level playing field required political will of all the parties.
The EC is working to hold the next general election between October 30, 2018 and January 28, 2019.

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