POLLS SCHEDULE

Opposition parties protest at decision

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Nov 10,2018 | Updated: 00:20, Nov 10,2018

 
 

Ganatantrik Bam Oikya brings out a procession in Dhaka on Friday in protest against the announcement of schedule for next general election. — New Age photo

Opposition political parties on Friday protested against the announcement of schedule for 11th parliamentary elections.
They also demanded that the Election Commission should waiting for announcing a fresh schedule until the political parties reach a consensus for holding free, fair and credible election.
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Friday staged a demonstration in front of the National Press Club against the ‘hurried’ announcement of the schedule.
BNP led by its senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi set off a procession on Topkhana Road at about 12 noon and denounced the move.
Before the demonstration, Rizvi at a press conference at BNP’s central office at Nayapaltan said that the Election Commission ‘unilaterally’ announced the schedule for the 11th parliamentary elections ignoring the opinions of political parties at the behest of the government.
‘The sudden announcement of the election schedule before resolving the political problems is a clear indication for holding a farcical election,’ Rizvi said.
He also said there was no level playing field in the country for all political parties as the law enforcers continued arresting leaders and activists of BNP and other political parties and raiding their houses even after the announcement of the election schedule.
Rizvi claimed that their party’s around 2,300 leaders and activists were arrested across the country over the last four days.
Left Democratic Alliance rejected the election schedule and demanded that it should be re-arranged.
The alliance also announced that it would hold protest rally against the election schedule in front of National Press Club on Saturday.
An LDA statement said the alliance in a meeting at Revolutionary Workers’ Party office on Friday decided to reject the election schedule.
‘The Election Commission announced the schedule ignoring the opposition parties and alliances’ call for deferring the schedule until a political consensus,’ LDA said in a statement.
It said the EC followed the government’s blueprint of holding unilateral elections.
Ganosamhati Andolan demanded postponement of polls schedule until the political parties reach a consensus for holding a free, fair and credible election.
In a statement on Friday, Ganosamhati Andolan said the hurried announcement of the polls schedule raised question about the Election Commission’s desire for participatory elections.
Communist Party of Bangladesh said the Election Commission ruined the bid of political parties for reaching consensus through dialogues.
‘It’s a trap for holding unilateral election,’ said CPB president Mujahidul Islam Selim at a meeting of the party activists on Friday.

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