Dhaka, Dec 29 (UNB) – The Election Commission started reaching all the election materials, including translucent ballot boxes and ballot papers, to the polling stations across the country on Saturday, a day before the national election.
UNB correspondents from different districts reported that the assistant returning officers are handing over the election materials to the presiding officers.
“Election materials will be reached to the polling stations across the country within this(Saturday) afternoon,” said Election Commission Joint Secretary Farhad Ahmmed Khan.
In Dhaka city, electoral materials are being distributed from 15 vanues for 15 constituencies.
The country’s people are going to witness a battle mainly between two major political camps –-ruling Awami League-led Grand Alliance and Dr Kamal Hossain-led JatiyaOikyafront – in the election to be held with the participation of 39 registered political parties.
Meanwhile, the curtain fell on the 18-day official electioneering on Friday morning amid allegations and counter-allegations of violence from the two major political coalitions.
A total of 103,826,819 voters –- 52,371,616 males and 51,455,203 females -- will be allowed to exercise their franchise in 299 constituencies out of 300 across the country.
Dhaka, Dec 29 (UNB) - Prime Minister's ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy on Saturday expressed his hope that the election day will be a day of massive victory for Boat.
“Tomorrow is election day and I believe will be a day of massive victory for the Boat! To all my Awami League brothers and sisters, please ensure a peaceful, successful election,” Joy wrote in a Facebook post shared on his verified page.
“The BNP-Jamaat is trying everything to make the election controversial as all polls show they will lose badly. I suspect they will attempt to cause disruptions, seize polling centers, maybe even withdraw midway through the day during polling,” said the post.
“Don’t fall for their tricks. Ensure polling centers are safeguarded and continue your election efforts until polling closes in the evening,” the post added.
Dhaka, Dec 28 (UNB) – BNP has extended its support to Salam Islam, an independent candidate for Dhaka-1 seat, as the party contestant was declared ineligible for the election by court.
Besides, the party’s local units have also lent their support to 15 other independent and opposition candidates in as many constituencies where BNP candidates’ candidatures were annulled by the court.
BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan came up with the announcement at a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.
“The government was given 32 seats as a gift by the authorities concerned as our 16 candidates are in jail while candidatures of 16 others were declared invalid. We’re not centrally extending our support to any candidate in the vacant seats as our local units are doing it,” he said.
Asked whether they gave support to Salma Islam, Nazrul said they did it as there is no other alternative candidate of their party and alliance.
Businessman Salam F Rahman is contesting the election from Dhaka-1 seat with ruling party ticket while Salma Islam, wife of Jamuna Group chairman Nurul Islam Babul, as an independent candidate as she did not get nomination from either Jatiya Party or the Grand Alliance. Salam was elected MP in 2014 from the same seat with Jatiya Party ticket.
BNP nominated Dohar upazila parishad chairman Khandker Abu Ashfaq as its candidate, but the apex court revoked his candidature as his resignation from the chairman post was not accepted.
Dhaka, Dec 27 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday said the government has already suffered the ‘moral defeat’ as it is ‘using’ the state machinery to overcome the election hurdles.
“We’ve already achieved the victory. The government has got a moral defeat as Awami League has to take the help of state machinery to face the election,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at Jatiya Oikyafront’s Purana Paltan office.
He said people are now united to bring a change in the government. “They (people) will achieve victory under the leadership of Dr Kamal Hossain through casting their votes for Sheaf of Paddy.”
Fakhrul called upon people to cast their votes for Sheaf of Paddy to ‘restore’ democracy and their ownership of the country.
He also called upon the media to present news objectively without bowing down to any pressure and intimidation as per the hopes and aspirations of people.
Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddiqui said the country’s people are united like that of 1969 and 1971. “It’s not true that the activists (of Oikyafront) are scared. The more they (AL) are repressing and harassing our leaders and activists the more people are getting aggrieved.”
He said the government and the Election Commission only harmed themselves with their activities after the announcement of the election schedule.
Kader Siddiqui criticised Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda, and said he will be considered as the most ‘condemned’ person of the country like ‘Mir Jafar’ for the role he has been playing over the election.
Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain also spoke at the press conference, and called upon people to stage a vote revolution on December 30 and ensure the victory of ‘Sheaf of Paddy’ candidates.
Dhaka, Dec 27 (UNB) - Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad, who returned home from Singapore only three days before the election, on Thursday announced to step aside from the election race in Dhaka-17 constituency.
He also said the Grand Alliance’s decision will be the final about the candidates of his party who are contesting the election independently.
The Jatiya Party chief said the party’s open candidates will support the Grand Alliance contenders in their respective seats. “However, those who have possibilities to win the election will remain in the race.”
As many as 29 Jatiya Party contenders are participating in the election under the Grand Alliance and the party also fielded some 145 candidates to run independently.
“All will have to work together to make the Grand Alliance victorious,” Ershad said, adding that they had fielded the independent candidates to resist Sheaf of Paddy.
He also said, “My condition is not good. I‘ve returned home for my sister Sheikh Hasina and stepped aside from the Dhaka-17 constituency. I’ve lent my support to Awami League candidate actor Farooque.”
Akbar Hossain Pathan Farooque is running with ‘Boat’ symbol in the parliamentary seat.
Describing the Grand Alliance government as the role model of development, the Jatiya Party chief predicted that it will win the next election, too as the history of BNP’s past is not good.
Expressing his satisfaction over the existing election atmosphere, he said there will be a free and fair election in the country on December 30.