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EC in serious crisis over next polls: CEC

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 19 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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The Election Commission has found itself in a serious crisis as two major political parties have taken opposite stances on the next general elections.

"We have been in a serious crisis. One of the major parties has said that it will not participate in the polls, while another major party has said the polls will be held. Such opposite stances have created a conflict in the political arena," said Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal.

The CEC came up with the remarks after a dialogue with the Bangladesh Islami Front at the Election Commission Secretariat in the capital.

The ruling Awami League has taken the stance of holding the polls in line with the constitution, which stipulates a provision that the incumbent Prime Minister will lead the election time government.

On the other hand, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has been asking the government to pass an amendment to the constitution to hold the next general polls under a neutral administration, opposing the stance of the government.  

Stressing the need for a representative government, the CEC said there is no alternative to election for such government.

"We do not want to stage a drama in the name of elections. We want that a free, fair and credible election may take place to form a healthy parliament and a healthy government as well," he said.

On the BNP’s demand, the CEC said that they (BNP) must establish their demand through discussion and struggles as it is linked with the constitution.

The CEC said that elections would not be participatory without the BNP’s participation.

"We are ready for the polls. If the BNP refrains from participating in the polls, then our objective of participatory polls would not be a success," he said.

According to the CEC, the BNP, as a political party, must be free to pursue any strategy. But we have been urging the BNP to participate in the polls.

 "We do not have any comment if their political tactics are different," he said.

"Our duty is to hold an election and hold talks with the political parties that will participate in polls. We will urge all parties to take part in polls," he added.

Bangladesh Sanskritik Muktijot, Khelafat Majlish and Bangladesh Biplobi Workers Party also participated in the talks on the day.