Election commissioner Mahbub Talukder on Tuesday said that the forthcoming upazila parishad election was going to lose its grandeur as main opposition is set to boycott the polls.
While briefing the returning officers at the Electoral Training Institute in the capital, the election commissioner said that almost all partisan chairman candidates would be elected unopposed in the polls.
He said that there was no way of ignoring the situation that the elections would not be a participatory one and the election officials should take necessary measures considering the situation.
The wards ‘acceptable and trustworthy’ turn meaningless without a participatory election, he said.
He also said that democracy would be questionable if elections are held in a questionable situation.
In contrast, the chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda at the same programme said that the elections would be participatory and competitive like previous local government elections as neighbours and relatives are participating in the polls.
Mentioning the EC’s success in the December 30 general election, he said its effort was worthwhile in the 11th parliamentary polls.
He further said that people cast their votes maintaining long queues in a festive mood in the last general election.
This time, more than 480 upazilas, out of total 492 across the country, will go to polls in five phases.
According to the schedules, 87 upazilas will go to polls on March 10 in the first phase, 129 upazilas on March 18 in the second phase and 127 upazilas on March 24 in the third phase.
The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and most of their alliance partners are set to boycott the 5th upazila parishad elections in protest against alleged vote rigging in the December 30 general election.
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