The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday alleged that the police were making lists of about 6.5 lakh pro-Awami League election officers as the Election Commission ‘entrusted’ the law enforcers with the responsibility for the 11th parliamentary elections.
‘It is a matter of deep regret that the commission has given police all the responsibilities for arranging the 11th parliamentary elections. Police are making lists by selecting about 6.5 lakh pro-Awami League partisan election officials,’ BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office.
He said, ‘The police have already prepared a list of 41,000 presiding officers across the country. They are now making the lists of about 2 lakh assistant presiding officers and 4 lakh polling officers. The subservient Election Commission is now going to finalise the lists made by the police.’
The BNP leader claimed that they had sufficient documents in their hands to prove the allegation.
He alleged that though different newspapers and online portals published reports on the matter, the ‘toothless and nail-less’ commission was playing a mysterious silent role in this regard.
Rizvi said it had now become clear like daylight that the government and the commission had indulged in a fresh plot to snatch people’s voting rights.
He also alleged that a fair and credible election was not possible under an commission loyal to the government. ‘The Election Commission is walking towards a path of stage-managed election. The commission and the police administration are responsible for no creation of a level-playing field.’
Rizvi also criticised the commission for not reshuffling the police and local administration even after the announcement of the election schedule. ‘The pro-Awami League partisan officials are still kept in different important posts. The commission hasn’t yet transferred any SP, DC, UNO and OC.’
He urged the commission to take steps for stopping arrest of BNP leaders and activists and creating a level playing field for a credible election.
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