Govt wants fair polls: Quader

Staff Correspondent

16 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Friday said the government would continue to assist Election Commission (EC) to make the second phase of municipal polls free, fair and peaceful.

“The government will continue to provide all-out support like it did in the past. It is the responsibility of the government. The Election Commission has made all preparations so that the voters can exercise their voting right peacefully on Saturday,” he said.

Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, said this while addressing a press conference virtually from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.

It is a positive sign that voters cast their votes using Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) wholeheartedly and voter turnout is above 60 percent, the minister

also said.             

Over forming different committees in grassroots, associate bodies and central sub-committees, the AL general secretary asked to submit complaint to party central body, if there is any allegation against approved committees.

“Forming different committees is going on, so, aggrieved persons can lodge complaints to party tribunal as per the charter if there is any discontent over those approved committees,” he said.

“Specific allegation on any committee or person should be filed to the election tribunal of party President Sheikh Hasina’s Dhanmondi political office,” he said.

The AL spokesperson firmly said that only the Awami League has been practicing internal democracy among all the political parties in the country.

“We are working to strengthen our base of internal democracy. We want to transform the Awami League into a clean, modern and an organisation of practicing internal democracy under the leadership of party President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,” he said.

Talking over cancellation of nomination in Narsingdi municipal polls, Quader said the nomination was cancelled due to specific allegation against the AL nominated mayoral candidate.

The nomination of Ashraf Hossain Sarkar was cancelled after slain mayor Lokman Hossain’s family and local AL leaders met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday, demanding cancellation of his candidature. Ashraf is a suspected killer of Lokman Hossain, former mayor of Narshingdi.

About the ongoing second phase municipal polls slated for January 16, Quader said people are eagerly waiting for exercising their voting rights.

“Apart from few stray incidents, election campaign has been completed peacefully,” he said.

Replying to an allegation of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir that people would never pardon the government, the AL spokesperson said the people of the country has given the responsibility of running the government as Sheikh Hasina-led government is working for the welfare of the people.

“All the programs of BNP are anti-state and anti-people. As the countrymen have not forgiven the BNP, they are gradually becoming a party isolated from people. Even, they are bearing the consequences as the people have not forgiven the BNP for their past crimes,” he said.