JOF decision on polls likely today

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Nov 10,2018

 
 

The Jatiya Oikya Front is likely to decide today whether it would participate in the 11th parliamentary election scheduled for December 23.
The alliance is scheduled for a meeting today, said its top leader Dr Kamal Hossain.
‘We will make a decision over the issue tomorrow [Saturday],’ Kamal told New Age on Friday, when asked if the alliance would participate in the general election.
The Election Commission on Thursday announced the schedule amid protests from the alliance and other opposition parties.
Formed on October 13, the opposition alliance is pressing for resignation of the government, formation of polls-time party-neutral government, dissolution of the parliament, reform of the Election Commission and release of jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and other political prisoners for a free, fair and credible election.
It held dialogues with the prime minister and Awami League president Sheikh Hasina on November 1 and November 7 on its seven-point demand.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at a public rally of the alliance in Rajshahi on Friday said that the polls schedule was not acceptable until a level playing field was created.
After announcement of the election schedule on Thursday, Fakhrul said that the commission announced the schedule at the government’s will only to hold a unilateral election.

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