Jukta Front chairman AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury on Friday urged the Election Commission to ensure a fair and credible election by deferring the schedule by one week.
Speaking at a discussion, he also demanded either dissolution of parliament or making it inactive, ensuring a level playing field for all and deploying of army and the Border Guard Bangladesh to maintain law and order.
‘There’s no need to arrange the election in such a hurry. Hold the polls fairly. The Election Commission is now under the president, not under the government. So, we hope it’ll take bold steps for holding a credible election,’ B Chowdhury said.
He also warned that the president and the EC would be held accountable to history if they violated the constitution.
Bangladesh Jano Dal arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club. B Chowdhury renewed his demand for holding the 11th parliamentary elections on December 30 instead of December 23.
He also demanded that all the dates, including that of submission of nomination, scrutiny, and withdrawal of nomination papers, be deferred by one week.
The Jukta Front chief said the police used to play a role of silent spectators during violence in the polls. ‘Immediate actions will have to be taken if the police play the same role this time.’ He also said steps would have to be taken so that polling agents were not arrested or forced out of the voting centres on the voting day.
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