Dhaka, Mar 1 (UNB) - BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Friday said observing the National Voter Day by the current government after snatching people’s voting right is a ‘mockery’ with the nation.
“People have got astonished seeing that the government is observing voter day today (Friday) after snatching their voting right in the December-30 national election and yesterday’s (Thursday) by-election to Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor post,” he said.
The BNP leader further said, “When people can’t exercise their right to franchise, the voter is being observed with a slogan ‘Be voter and cast your vote’. It’s a ridiculous matter. The government is mocking the nation by marking such a day after stanching people’s voting rights.”
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, made the remarks while talking to reporters after placing a wreath at party founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave together with leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Matsyajibi Dal, marking its 40th founding anniversary.
He said people did not go to the polling stations to cast their votes in the DNCC by-election, except where the councilor election was held. ”But it’s surprising that Awami League candidate got 8.39 lakh votes. “Who’ve given so many votes?”
The BNP leader alleged that the ruling party indulged in vote fraud in the by-polls as it did the same in the national election.
Mosharraf also said the voters registered their protest against “vote robbery by the ruling party and administration in the national election” by not showing up at the polling stations on Thursday.
“People have lost their confidence in the government and the election commission. That’s why they didn’t cast their votes yesterday (Thursday),” he said.
The BNP leader said it is now a big challenge for their party to restore democracy and people’s voting rights in the country.
“We’re reorganising our party and associate bodies. We believe that BNP will surely turnaround and restore democracy and people’s voting rights,” he said.
Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) - BNP on Thursday alleged that the government is going to take an “anti-people” move of raising gas tariffs for “creating a further scope for the ruling party men to plunder public money”.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi demanded the government back off from such a move immediately.
“The government has initiated a process to hike the gas price. The minister concerned said the gas tariff will be raised. We think such a move will only create another scope of looting public money,” he said.
The BNP leader further said, “I, on behalf of BNP, strongly condemn and protest the government’s move. I urge the government to retreat from such an anti-people step.”
Rizvi said the life of people dependent on the gas will turn miserable if the unity price is hiked again.
He alleged that the government is trying to increase the gas tariff as it is least bothered about public sufferings.
The BNP leader warned that people will not accept any decision of hiking the gas price.
Rizvi alleged that their party chairperson Khaleda Zia is not provided any treatment in jail as part of the government’s plot to gradually kill her.
He demanded the government immediately release Khaleda from jail to ensure her proper treatment.
Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday alleged that the voting in the by-election to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) was “actually held on Wednesday night” determining the fate of a particular person.
“The election results were determined last night (Wednesday night). Ballots were stuffed in favour of the ruling party nominated (mayoral) candidate. Now just formalities are being completed, and the results will be announced at the end of the day,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
Voting in the by-election to the mayoral post of DNCC and in 36 wards of Dhaka north and south city corporations began around 8am and ended at 4pm.
Bringing the allegation of vote ‘robbery’ in 11th parliamentary election, BNP and some other parties did not join the polls.
Rizvi said an uneasy calm has been prevailing in the capital city though the by-polls were holding here. “Election is usually a festival in our country, but there’s no enthusiasm and excitement among people. There’s no competition as only silence is everywhere here.”
He alleged that the government has destroyed the democratic completion and anticipation with its ‘autocratic’ rule.
About Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda’s comment that low voter turnout in the ongoing elections to the two city corporations is not the liability of the Commission, Rizvi said the CEC apparently admitted that the Commission has no acceptability to the country’s people and political parties.
He said the CEC has deprived the voters of their right to franchise during the December-30 national election. “The CEC played the main role in plunging the country into a deep crisis by installing an illegal government through a mega festival of vote rigging on December 30.”
The BNP leader said the current Commission only deserves people’s condemnation, not appreciation for the incidents of ballot stuffing the night before the voting and vote rigging.
Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) – BNP has expelled another four of its grassroots leaders for contesting the upcoming Upazila elections violating the party's decisions.
They are Bogura Sadar Upazila BNP President Maftun Ahmed Khan Rubel, Magura’s Mohammadpur Upazila general secretary Jahangir Alam Khan Bachchu, Sirajganj’s Chauhali Upazila member Mahfuza Khatun and the party’s primary member Abdullah Al Mamun.
A press release signed by BNP assistant office secretary Tiful Islam Tipu on Thursday said the four leaders were expelled from BNP’s all-level posts, including its primary membership.
Earlier on Tuesday, the party expelled nine of its grassroots leaders on the same ground.
Dhaka, Feb 28 (UNB) – Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Thursday said the low voter turnout in the ongoing elections to the two city corporations is not the liability of the Commission.
“It's the responsibility of candidates and political parties to bring voters to polling centres,” he said while talking to reporters after casting his vote at IES School and College Polling Station in the city’s Uttara area.
The CEC said it is the commission’s responsibility to create an election environment, not to bring the voters to polling stations.
Replying to a journalist’s question, the CEC said, “Although the voter turnout remained low in the morning, it'll increase at the end of the day.”
Pointing out to two reasons behind the low turnout, Huda said voters are not interested in voting because some major political parties are not participating in it.
Voting in the by-election to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) along with its 18 wards and in 36 wards of Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) began at 8 am amid rain and will continue till pm without any break.
The voter turnout was seen poor in the morning due to the rain since early Thursday.
Five candidates are vying for the mayoral post, while 116 contenders for 18 general councillor posts and 45 aspirants for six reserved seats which are exclusively for women. Of them, one general councillor candidate was elected unopposed in the city.
The five mayoral candidates are Awami League’s Atiqul Islam (Boat), Jatiya Party’s Shafin Ahmed (Plough), NPP’s Anisur Rahman (Mango) and PDP’s Shahin Khan (Tiger) and independent runner Abdur Rahim (Table Clock).