Ministers has no authority to fix election date: Quader

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Sep 07,2018 | Updated: 01:05, Sep 07,2018

 
 

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader holds a views exchange with Rajshahi district and city Awami League leaders at party’s central office at Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka on Thursday. — New Age photo

Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday said the government or its ministers had no right to inflict embarrassment on the Election Commission by announcing a possible date for next parliamentary election.
‘It is not our duty to announce that the election will be held on December 27, even thought it was finalised. It is the responsibility of the Election Commission to set and announce the date, said Quader.
Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said, ‘Election Commission will decide on the election date. The government, its ministers or any ruling party leader should not interfere to this end. If we act responsible in our own fields, it will be better for this country, democracy and the government.’
Finance minister AMA Muhith on Wednesday said an election-time government would be formed within 20 days and the next general election would be held on December 27, he added.
Quader said, ‘Only the prime minister had the authority to decide when the election-time government will be formed, what will be its structure, how many ministers there will be in the government.’
He was addressing at a press conference after holding an exchange of views with Rajshahi district and city Awami League leaders at the party’s central office on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital.
Quader instructed the Rajshahi party leaders to take steps to reduce the internal feuds within the party.
Chaired by Obaidul Quader, organising secretary of the Rajshahi Division, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Rajshahi City mayor and district Awami League president AHM Khairuzzaman Liton, central leaders Ashim Kumar Ukil, Abdus Sobur, Sobhan Golap, Biplab Barua and others attended the press conference.

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