Army deployment needed for acceptable election: speakers

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:41, Jan 12,2018

 
 

Deployment of army in parliamentary elections was important to hold a free, fair and acceptable election, said academician, local government expert and good governance campaigners on Thursday.
Addressing a roundtable organised by the Sushashoner Jonno Nagorik at the National Press Club they also said that recently held Rangpur and Comilla city elections would not be considered as model for national election.
Sujon organised the programme to discuss about the ‘success of Rangpur city election’ and future action plan.
Sujon executive member and former cabinet secretary Ali Imam Majumder said most of the stakeholders support the deployment of army during election.
Quoting the first point of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s six-point movement, he said that the people wanted universal voting rights.
The point is: ‘The Constitution should provide for a Federation of Pakistan in its true sense on the Lahore Resolution, and the parliamentary form of government with supremacy of a legislature directly elected on the basis of universal adult franchise.’
Dhaka University teacher Asif Nazrul said people experienced the January 5, 2014 controversial election even after fair elections in five cities before the one-sided national election.
Sujon secretary Badiul Alam Majumder said without dissolving the parliament and understanding between the major parties a free, fair and acceptable election would not be possible.
Among others former additional secretary Shofiul Alam, Sujon central coordinator Dilip Kumar Sarkar and politician Humayun Kabir Hiru spoke in the programme.

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