CEC determined to manipulate election: BNP

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Sep 01,2018 | Updated: 00:36, Sep 01,2018

 
 

Bangladesh Nationalist Party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi. -- New Age file photo

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Friday complained that the chief election commissioner was ‘determined’ to manipulate the next parliamentary election through manipulation and use of EVMs despite dissension within the commission.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a news briefing at the party’s central office said chief election commissioner KM Nurul
Huda along with some election commissioners on Thursday ‘approved’ the use of electronic voting machines in 100 parliament constituencies in the next election though most of the political parties, professional bodies and civil society members opposed EVM.
Rizvi claimed that it was clear that the CEC was ‘determined’ to do ‘electoral engineering’ which was proved from the CEC’s overwhelming interest in using EVMs in the next election.
Amid protest of election commissioner Mahbub Talukdar, the Election Commission on Thursday finalised the draft amendment of the Representation of the People Order 1972 to introduce electronic voting system in general elections.
But the commission did not take decision whether the system would be introduced in the next general election likely to be held in December.
BNP leaders including Ataur Rahman Dhali, Abdus Salam, Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie and Abdus Salam Azad, among others, were present at the news briefing.

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