NAT’L ELECTION

Nagarik Oikya for dissolution of parliament, army deployment

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:15, Oct 20,2017 | Updated: 00:22, Oct 20,2017

 
 

Nagraik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna addresses a press conference in Dhaka on Thursday detailing the organisation’s position on pre-election dialogues and democracy. — New Age photo

Nagarik Oikya leaders on Thursday demanded dissolution of parliament and army deployment with magistracy power before holding the next general election.
Addressing a press conference at the National Press Club lounge, they said the inclusive election would not be possible without dissolving the incumbent parliament that was formed by the controversial national election in 2014 under the ruling Awami League.
They urged the Election Commission to initiate political dialogue to formulate an acceptable election-time government.
Nagarik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna observed that free and fair election would not be possible in the present condition where the status of chief justice became insecure and the judicial system turned controversial due to the government’s interferences.
Reading out a written statement, the organisation’s adviser SM Akram warned that if the government tried to hold an election by the administration officers loyal to the ruling party, the election would not be accepted.
He said that his organisation opposed use of electronic voting machine in the next polls.
He said that Nagarik Oikya also asked the EC to provide voting access to the expatriates, formulation of code of conduct for media activities and effective implementation of election rules on contenders.
Nagarik Oikya organisers Shahid Ullah Kaiser, Jahidur Rahman, Fazlul Haque Sarker, Mominul Islam, among supporters, were present.

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