SushasonerJonnoNagorik (Sujon), a civil rights body, on Saturday urged the Election Commission (EC) to arrange “free, neutral and peaceful” Dhaka city polls.
The election of Dhaka south and north city corporations is scheduled for February 1.
“EC should scrutinise information provided by the candidates but it’s apparently not doing it. If EC provides people with correct information, then it becomes easy for the voters to make the right choice [in elections],” said Sujon Secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar at a press conference here.
He pointed out that accurate information is a basic right of the people. “But from EC’s activities, it appears that it doesn’t care [about providing the people with accurate information],” he said.
Sujon organised the press conference at the Jatiya Press Club. Its president M Hafizuddin Khan presided over the function.
Badiul urged EC, law enforcement, concerned government officials and political parties to ensure a fair election for the sake of the people.
“We should use electronic voting machine (EVM) in polls on the basis of consensus,” he said.
The Sujon secretary said more businessmen are now getting nomination in the election that created a conception that that the candidates have to be rich. Besides, the number of less educated candidates have gone up, he said.
“Allegations are here over violation of electoral code of conduct but we don’t see any visible activities of the EC,” Badiul said.
Sujon’s central coordinator Dilip Kumar Sarker read out the keynote paper at the event.
“Media should publish reports on all sorts of irregularities during elections without being biased. Law enforcement agencies and others officials concerned should play neutral role in the elections,” Dilip also said.
He said the EC should take all necessary steps so that no one can violate the code of conduct during the election and create level playing field.
“We want the EC will make an example arranging a free and neutral election in the country,” he added.
The death of a minor boy suffering from cold-related diarrhoea came in from Kurigram as a cold wave, sweeping over Bangladesh’s northern region, intensified.
Nine-month-old Atikul, son of Hasan Ali, resident of Char Sarkerpara in Jadur Char union of Roumari upazila, died at Kurigram General Hospital on Friday night, said civil surgeon Doctor Habibur Rahman.
Besides, 25 minors and six elderly people were admitted to hospitals in the last 24 hours. They have been suffering from cold-related diseases, mostly diarrhoea and pneumonia.
Since November 1 last year, the government reported 164,387 diarrhoea cases and five deaths. During this period, acute respiratory infection affected 67,954 people and killed 22. Other cold-related diseases affected 196,350 people and claimed the lives of 30 others, according to the government.
Kurigram has recorded 644 cases of ARI, 1,734 diarrhoea and 397 other cold-related cases since Nov 1. Atikul was the first person to die of diarrhoea in the district during this period.
Temperature dropped to 9 degrees Celsius in the district on Saturday morning, according to the weather office.
Kurigram’s Relief and Rehabilitation Officer Dilip Kumar Saha said they have already distributed 64,000 pieces of blankets, 2,000 packets of dry food and 1,500 dresses for children in the nine upazilas.
Meanwhile, the day’s lowest minimum temperature was recorded 6.4 degree Celsius in Panchagarh in the morning.