CPB wants EC to lower election deposit

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:50, Dec 27,2019


Communist Party of Bangladesh holds a news conference in the party office at Purana Paltan in Dhaka on Thursday to place its demands over forthcoming elections to Dhaka cities. — New Age photo

Leaders of the Communist Party of Bangladesh on Thursday urged the Election Commission to lower the election deposit during elections to forthcoming Dhaka north and south city corporations.

The Dhaka committee of the party made the request during a press conference at the party’s central office in the capital.

CPB central leader and Dhaka committee general secretary Sajedul Huq Rubel placed a four-point demand at the programme.

The demands included government actions for free and fair city elections by ensuring voting rights of the people, maintaining expenditure limit for candidates and for stopping manipulation of administration during elections.

The left-wing party demanded that the election deposit should be fixed at Tk 10,000 for a mayor candidate and Tk 5,000 for a councillor candidate.

They also asked the EC authorities to make the voter list available in the website.

Now according to the EC, each mayor candidate has to deposit Tk 1.5 lakh, councillor candidate Tk 50,000 and each set of CD cost Tk 50,000, Sajedul said.  

‘We will submit a petition to the Election Commission today to press our demands,’ Sajedul said.

‘We shall take part in the city elections if atmosphere for holding a free, fair and credible elation was created,’ he added.

The central leaders of the party Sajjad Zahir Chandan, Ruhin Hossain Prince, Abdul Kader, Abdullah Kafee Ratan, Luna Noor, Mabendra Nath Deb and others attended the press conference.

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