No level playing field created for Rangpur city polls: Rizvi

United News of Bangladesh | Published: 14:46, Dec 07,2017


Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Thursday alleged that a level playing field for the candidates of all parties was not yet created in the elections to Rangpur City Corporation as the ruling party mayoral aspirant was repeatedly violating the election code of conduct.

‘The Election Commission is not taking any action against Awami League-nominated mayoral candidate in the Rangpur City Corporation polls though he has repeatedly been violating the electoral code of conduct. But the commission is regularly warning the BNP’s candidate,’ said BNP senior joint secretary-general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.

Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, ‘We see all candidates are not getting equal scope for carrying out electioneering in the Rangpur polls. The commission still cannot ensure a proper atmosphere for a fair and credible election there.’

The BNP leader also alleged that voters got panicked as the ruling party leaders were trying to establish their supremacy in the polling areas. ‘Under the circumstances, we’re in serious doubt if the election will be fair and neutral one.’

He demanded that the EC would create a healthy atmosphere in Rangpur for a fair balloting, and deploy army with magistracy power.

Rizvi further alleged that the ruling party men were trying to intimidate voters and harass the BNP candidate and his supporters using the administration.

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