Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said people spontaneously participated in the local government polls despite some sporadic incidents.
“Some unexpected incidents, especially two death incidents in Cox’s Bazar, took place in union parishad and municipality polls. It is true that elections were not fully fair, but people’s participation and spontaneity were seen in the elections,” he said.
The minister came up with the remark as the sporadic incidents of violence, including clashes, gunfights and a bomb blast, marked Monday’s elections to 160 Union Parishads and nine municipalities, which were previously postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Monday’s local body polls were held in a peaceful manner apart from one or two stray incidents while people’s participation in UP and municipality polls has increased which is a positive thing for democracy, he said.
Mentioning that all kind of assistances have been extended to the Election Commission to hold fair and peaceful polls, Quader hoped that Election Commission will take more effective and strict measures to maintain law and order situation of next phase of polls.
“Local government elections strengthen the foundations of grassroots democracy, increase accountability, and bring development to the marginal level,” he said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina always puts emphasis on holding local government elections, he added.
“Although they (BNP) want to get out of this trap, but its pessimistic and remote-controlled politics has plunged the BNP into deeper crisis,” he said.
Mentioning that the BNP had stayed away from the polls to avoid their landslide defeat, Quader said staying off from the polls means staying away from the people and it is actually hindering the democratic process.
Talking about issuance of summoning the bank account details of 11 journalist leaders, Quader said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will handle the issue after returning from the UNGA.