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EC won’t force any party to join election: CEC

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 6 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal on Monday said the Election Commission (EC) would not bring any political party forcefully to the next parliamentary election.

He said this in response to a question on whether there will be any special strategy to bring BNP to the polls. Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is adamant on the demand for non-party caretaker government and reorganisation of the Election Commission.

“BNP is one of the major parties. We have no jurisdiction to interfere in their political strategy. We will not bring anyone to the election by forcing them,” the CEC said.

“The current EC wants an active participatory election and wants to ensure a level playing field for all political parties during the national elections. We want to hold an inclusive election. Active and participatory elections bring balance by ensuring healthy competition. Political parties are responsible for creating such balance,” he said.

“There was a dialogue with the two political parties on Monday. In this sense, the dialogue is over. I have arranged the dialogue so that it can help make decision. After dialogue, we informed them in written form,” said the CEC.

“We also held meeting about EVM. We have also taken a decision about EVMs after experiment. We have logically decided to vote for 150 seats in ballot paper and 150 seats in EVM, based on the opinion of the political parties,” he said.

“Many have faith in this machine and many don’t have. But whether it will be possible to implement our decision at all that will depend on the availability of EVMs. Because most of its parts will come from abroad,” he added. “We have not only informed the party but also the government about the views of all political parties from the dialogue. Because the government should also know what the parties are telling. The government is not a party. Keeping it in mind, we have informed the government,” he said.