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Islamic Front wants ‘No Vote’, Kalyan Party for army deployment

Sun Online Desk     14th September, 2017 08:52:07 printer

Islamic Front wants ‘No Vote’, Kalyan Party for army deployment

Islamic Front Bangladesh has proposed restoration of the ‘No Vote’ provision and the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) while Bangladesh Kalyan Party suggested deployment of army during the next parliamentary elections.


The two political parties placed their respective proposals joining separate dialogues with the Election Commission (EC) on Thursday. The two meetings were held in the city’s Nirbachan Bhaban with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair, reports UNB.


A 12-member Islamic Front delegation, led by its secretary general Syed Bahadur Shah, participated in the meeting at 3pm and placed their 12-point proposal.


“We’ve placed a 12-point proposal, including restoration of the ‘No Vote’ provision, use of EVMs, reducing ceiling of election expenditures, bearing polls expenditures by the EC,” Bahadur Shah told reporters after the meeting.


The other proposals include dissolution of parliament immediate after the announcement of the polls schedule and holding the national election in three phases -- arrangement of voting in 100 constituencies in each phase-- for the sake of ensuring foolproof security for all.


Earlier, a 10-member Kalyan Party team, led by its chairman Syed Muhammad Ibrahim, joined the EC’s talks at 11am and placed their eight-point proposal.


Kalyan Party, also a component of the BNP-led 20-party alliance, proposed the EC deploy army 15 days before the ballot.


“We’ve placed an eight-point proposal at the meeting. We’ve said now the law enforcement agencies anyhow became politicised. So, people can’t believe that the election will be fair with them (law enforcement agencies),” Ibrahim told reporters after the talks.


People believe if the army is deployed, the election will be fair, he added.


Among other proposals were enhancing EC’s capacity, ensuring voting rights of expatriates, providing security to minorities and re-demarcating parliamentary constituencies through consultation with all.   


The EC on August 24 last started its dialogues with 40 registered political parties to receive their opinions over the EC’s preparation for the next general election likely to be held in late December 2018.


With Islamic Front and Kalyan Party, 11 parties have so far joined the dialogues.


Earlier, the Commission also held talks with civil society members on July 31, while media persons on August 16 and 17 to take their opinions on the same issue.