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Announce poll schedule after dialogue ends

Oikya Front urges EC

Staff Correspondent

4 November, 2018 12:00 AM printer

The Jatiya Oikya Front has urged the Election Commission not to announce a schedule for the next general election until the ongoing dialogue between political parties concludes.

The newly-forged alliance made the call in a letter sent by its convener and Gana Froum president Dr Kamal Hossain to the EC on Saturday.

Rafiqul Islam Pathik, a leader of Gano Forum, handed over the letter to the EC when the commission is preparing to announce a poll schedule in the first week of this month.

“You (EC) know that the prime minister’s dialogue with political parties is underway. Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader told us that further dialogue with  us after November 8 is under the premier’s consideration. Oikya Front is interested to sit in talks again,” Dr Kamal said in the letter.

A possible reconciliation among the ruling alliance and opposition parties may contribute to a free and fair election in the country,” the letter added.

“The commission should not announce any poll schedule until the prime minister’s dialogue with political parties ends,” he said.

On November 1, the Jatiya Oikya Front held a dialogue with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and other ministers and ruling party leaders to discuss different issues over the elections.

Obaidul Quader termed fruitful their talks with Oikya Front while Dr Kamal Hossain said there is no specific solution to the poll issues. The eminent jurist underscored the need for the continuation of such talks with the ruling alliance for solution to all issues.

Citing a statement the premier said during their talks with her, Dr Kamal said it is authority of the Election Commission to announce a poll schedule.

The EC will decide a date for a poll-schedule announcement at a meeting on Sunday (Nov 4), the letter reads.

Terming the poll schedule important, Oikya Front said political parties and candidates will start electioneering after its announcement. “As political parties and candidates are main stakeholders of any election, the commission should take the issue importantly.”

Dr Kamal further said a halt to the poll-schedule announcement may result in more trust of political parties in the commission.