BNP wants CEC to resign over JS polls comment

Staff Correspondent | Published: 13:21, Aug 10,2018 | Updated: 23:10, Aug 10,2018


Moudud Ahmed. — UNB file photo

Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Friday demanded immediate resignation of chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda for his statement that there was no guarantee of anomaly-free general elections.

At a discussion at National Press Club, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said the CEC lost his rights to the post after admitting the possible irregularities in the next general elections scheduled for later this year.

Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Tuesday said that there was no guarantee that there would be no irregularity in the next general elections.

‘I cannot assure that there will be no irregularity anywhere during such a huge public election,’ the CEC told reporters after inaugurating a workshop on ‘Challenges for Physically-challenged Voters to Participate in the Electoral Process’ at the Election Training Institute in the capital.

Moudud said the CEC could have made such true admission out of conscience, but four other commissioners of the Election Commission said they differed with the CEC.

‘The CEC has lost his rights to stay in the post’, he said, adding, ‘We demand his immediate resignation.’

Nagarik Adhikar Andolan Forum organised the discussion on attacks on students and journalists during the protests for road safety and sedition charge against top BNP leaders over the protests.

Moudud said the attacks on the juvenile students would be a ‘backfire’ against the government.

‘The government has to pay hefty price for the attack on them’, he said.

He demanded immediate and unconditional release of 22 private university students who were sent to jail after arrest over the protests.

The BNP leaders said the government made a political bluff by hurriedly making the road transport law.

‘This is just to hoax the protesters as did the prime minister promising to scrap quota in government job in the face of protests by university students,’ he said.

Moudud criticised the government for its failure to arrest the attackers of US ambassador Marcia Bernicat.

He also slammed the arrest and torture in custody of acclaimed photographer Shahidul Alam.

‘It seems there is no government in the country while only police and Rapid Action Battalion exist,’ Moudud said.

Claiming that the government was at the tip end of its existence, the former minister said, ‘The political settings of the country will now be changing so rapidly.’

He demanded immediate release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, saying, no election would be held without her release.

‘Many say that a credible election is not possible under Awami League, but the fact is that no election is possible under Awami League,’ the BNP leader said.


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