Remaining in polls race depends on attitude of EC, ‘polls-time’ govt: JOF

Staff Correspondent | Published: 15:55, Nov 14,2018 | Updated: 18:48, Nov 14,2018


A delegation of Jatiya Oikya Front led by Dr Kamal Hossain meets the Election Commission to place their demand of deferring the schedule of 11th Jatiya Sangsad elections by one month on Wednesday.-- Ali Hossain Mintu

Leaders of the Jatiya Oikya Front on Wednesday said their staying in election race depends on the attitude of the Election Commission and the election-time government.

After meeting the commission at Nirbachan Bhaban, Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said this.

‘Whether we will stay in the election depends on the attitude of the Election Commission and the election-time government,’ he said.

Fakhrul also said the commission was sorry for the incidents taken place at Naya Paltan earlier on the day.

The Oikya Front asked the commission to defer the election schedule by three weeks, using no electronic voting machines and not harassing opposition leaders and activists with false cases.

Fakhrul said the commission had taken all the issued into its cognizance.

The Front supremo Dr Kamal Hossain said they were satisfied for that the commission at least gave a patient hearing to their demands.
The meeting that began around 3:30 pm continued till 5:30pm.

Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda and other election commissioners were presents at the meeting being held at Nirbachan Bhaban.

The Oikya Front on Tuesday sent a letter to the commission seeking time for Wednesday to meet the commission for deferment of the polls by a month.

After a meeting of the front steering committee at its chief Kamal Hossain’s chamber at Motijheel in Dhaka, Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters that Kamal Hossain along with the steering committee members would hold a meeting with the commission today.

Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Tuesday had said that there was no way to defer the 11th parliamentary elections rescheduled for December 30 while Jatiya Oikya Front sought to meet the Election Commission today to for deferral of the polls.

Nurul Huda made the remark while inaugurating a training session for the returning officers for the polls in the commission headquarters.

The chief election commissioner and other election commissioners asked the returning officers to discharge their duties neutrally without any fear.

On Monday, the commission rescheduled the 11th parliamentary elections for December 30 deferring the schedule it announced on November 8.

The commission revised the schedule a day after the Jatiya Oikya Front decided to join the polls and demanded deferral of the schedule by one month and the Jukta Front demanded that the polls be deferred to December 30. 

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