BNP to boycott Bogura, Jashore by-elections

United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Published: 00:48, Jul 06,2020


The Bangladesh Nationalist on Sunday decided to boycott the by-elections to Bogura-1 and Jashore-6 parliamentary constituencies scheduled for July 14 saying that holding any election amid the COVID-19 outbreak was unacceptable.

The party standing committee made the decision at a virtual meeting on Sunday night, said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

‘We don’t think the polls schedule is a time-befitting one as several thousand people are being infected with the novel coronavirus and many people are dying every day. Voting is not acceptable at a time when the government is talking about social distancing and maintaining all health hygiene rules,’ he said.

He also said that the Election Commission’s decision to hold the by-elections during the growing coronavirus transmission was politically motivated. ‘That’s why it’s not possible for us to participate in the by-elections.’

Fakhrul said that they joined other elections in the past, but the prevailing COVID-19 situation forced them to boycott the two upcoming by-elections.

Earlier on Saturday, the Election Commission decided to hold the by-elections to the Bogura-1 and the Jashore-6 constituencies on 14 July though there was no visible sign of improvement in the COVID-19 situation.

The by-elections were salted for March 29, but those were postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

The commission said it had no option but to take such a decision as there was a constitutional binding to hold by-elections within 180 days after the vacancy of any constituency.

Bogura-1 and Jashore-6 constituencies fell vacant following the deaths of ruling Awami League lawmakers Abdul Mannan on January 18 and Ismat Ara Sadique on January 21 respectively.

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