Moudud demands restructure of EC

Staff Correspondent

6 May, 2018 12:00 AM printer

BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Saturday demanded restructure of the Election Commission (EC) before the announcement of the schedule for the 11th parliamentary election.

“Election must be held in a free and fair manner, but it is not possible under the current election commission. That’s why this commission will have to be reorganised before the announcement for an acceptable commission,” he said. He came up with the statements at a ‘citizens’ meeting’ arranged by Nagorik Adhikar Andolon Forum, a pro-BNP platform, at the National Press Club in the capital. Moudud alleged that the present EC has taken all the measures in a bid to ‘ensure victory of government-supported candidates and put obstacles in the way on the opposition’, he added.

He mentioned that BNP has rejected the recent demarcation of constitutional boundary by the election commission. He alleged that the governing party hopefuls are continuously ‘breaching’ election code of conduct in Gazipur and Khulna city corporations, but the EC didn’t take any action against them.

“The more we are getting closer to the next national polls, the government is turning more desperate. They are applying all tricks to avoid holding a fair and inclusive election. Attempts are being made to keep BNP off polls,” Moudud said. Meanwhile, at a press conference at the party central office in Nayapaltan, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi demanded party chairperson Khaleda Zia undergo treatment at the city’s United Hospital of her choice. “Otherwise the country’s people will not sit idle. I’m urging the Prime Minister to free her (Khaleda Zia) from jail immediately and ensure her treatment,” he said.

Rizvi said the killings of six people, including upazila chairman Shaktiman Chakma in Rangamati and union parishad chairman Sirazul Haq in Narsingdi, over ‘establishing supremacy’ are the textbook example of ‘misrule’ by the Awami League government. “The government is to blame for the bloodshed. I on behalf of our party express deep concern over these incidents,” the BNP leader said.