Newly floated Left Democratic Alliance on Saturday urged the Election Commission to immediately scrap its plan to use electronic voting machines in the next general election.
The Workers Party of Bangladesh, a party in the ruling alliance, also opposed the plan to use EVMs in the next general election terming it putting the cart before the horse.
Left Democratic Alliance leaders from a rally in front of the National Press Club protesting against the commission’s plan to use EVM said that such decision only two month ahead of the announcement of the schedule for the 11th national polls would make the electoral atmosphere more complex.
The commission put itself in a debate by the decision and was losing trust of people, they said.
Alliance leaders Communist Party of Bangladesh general secretary Shah Alam, Ganatantrik Biblabi Party leader Mushrefa Mishu, Ganashanghati Andolan chief coordinator Zonayed Saki and others addressed the rally presided over by alliance coordinator Saiful Huq.
They said that opposition parties including the alliance were demanding dissolution of parliament, resignation of cabinet, neutral government for supervising election and reconstitution of the Election Commission for a free and fair election.
By the plan of using EVM, the commission is trying to divert the attention of the people from the demands, the alliance leaders said.
The Workers Party of Bangladesh in a statement on Saturday urged the commission to reconsider its move and take the decision only after soliciting opinion from political parties.
The statement signed by party politburo member Quamrul Ahsan said that the move would strengthen the conspiracy of foiling the elections.
The Bangladesh nationalist Party and its leftist friends are trying to say the incumbent government is trying to use EVM in election as a tool of electronic vote manipulation.
‘In fact they are trying to find out excuse for escaping the election,’ it said.
The commission on August 30 finalised the draft of proposed amendment to the Representation of the People Order 1972 to introduce electronic voting system in general election, amid protests of election commissioner Mahbub Talukder.
In the commission’s electoral dialogue with the political parties in 2017, 35 of the 40 registered parties, including the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, asked the commission not to use EVMs in the next general election.
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