Dec 4 (UNB) - Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday alleged that BNP nominated their candidates for the upcoming general election in exchange of money.
Quader made the allegation at the Awami League president’s Dhanmondi political office here.
“BNP leaders were engaged in nomination trade. The people who didn’t get the party tickets despite giving money are now looking for the BNP leaders. This is why the leaders who took money are now on the run …there’s no political issue,” he said.
Quader, who is also the Road, Transport and Bridges Minister, said, “BNP has been conspiring to destabilise the election atmosphere to quit the election. So, the party is trying to use the issue of Tabligh Jamaat and many others as they have no ability to wage any movement.”
About BNP’s allegation that the government is out to annihilate the Zia family, he said, “The court and the EC have taken actions against Khaleda Zia and BNP leaders. Awami League didn’t influence it in any away.”
“History says that the Zia family was engaged in all kinds of conspiracy to vanish the Bangabandhu family. Who had sent the killers of Bangabandhu abroad through the indemnity ordinance and who brought the Fifth Amendment? It’s BNP that did it.”
Quader went on to say, “They were also engaged in the August 15 killing. They rewarded the murderers again and reinstated them in politics. Even they tried to kill Awami League president Sheikh Hasina and its senior leaders through the 21st August grenade attack during their tenure.“
Dhaka, Dec 4 (UNB) – The High Court on Tuesday asked the authorities concerned to accept the nomination paper of BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas and complete the scrutiny within 24 hours.
The HC bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order following a writ petition filed by Mirza Abbas.
Advocate Zainul Abedin and Advocate Ehsanur Rahman stood for the petitioner.
The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain why the refusal to accept of Mirza Abbas’ nomination paper should not be declared illegal.
The Chief Election Commissioner, Dhaka returning officer and three others have been made respondents to the rule.
On November 28, the returning officer refused to accept the nomination paper of Mirza Abbas as he went to the returning officer’s office after 5 pm on the last date of submission of nomination papers.
Later, he submitted the nomination paper to Chief Election Commissioner on December 1 but it was not sent to the returning officer concerned for scrutiny on December 2.
Mirza Abbas filed a writ petition with the High Court on December 3 challenging the Election Commission’s decision.
Rajshahi, Dec 4 (UNB) – Election Commissioner Kabita Khanam on Tuesday said all necessary measures will be taken to ensure the presence of remarkable number of female voters to cast their votes in the 11th national election scheduled to be held on December 30.
“The election commission will remain alert to make sure safe environment for women during the polling,” the EC commissioner made the remarks while inaugurating a two-day workshop titled ‘Gender and Election’ organized by UNDP in the city.
When asked about the cancellation of nomination papers, Kabita Khanam said that all concerned deputy commissioners have been asked to give away the certified copies to those candidates by today (Tuesday).
It is to be noted that 53 nomination papers have been filed from Rajshahi. Of them a total of 23 applications have been cancelled after scrutiny.
Dhaka, Dec 4 (UNB) – BNP on Tuesday alleged that their some candidates are facing difficulties in making appeals against the cancellation of their nomination papers due to non-cooperation by returning officers.
“The returning officers in different districts aren’t giving the candidates any scope to talk to them about the cancellation of their nomination papers,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Even, he said, the returning officer in Rajshahi still did not give Barrister Aminul Haque and Nadim Mostafa the certified copies of their nomination annulment though Wednesday is the last date for the appeal.
Rizvi came up with the allegations at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
The BNP leader said the returning officers at the behest of the government are trying to keep the BNP’s popular candidates away from the election. “The retuning officers revoked the nominations of BNP candidates with lame excuses as per the government’s directives.”
He also questioned as to how the returning officers declared valid the nominations of Awami League candidates Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir and Haji Selim since they were convicted by the court.
Rizvi alleged that returning officers showed a step-motherly attitude towards BNP candidates regarding the scrutiny of the nomination papers.
“As per the directives they were given a few days back at the Prime Minister’s Office, the returning officers cancelled the nomination of huge number of the BNP and opposition candidates. But the nominations of the ruling party candidates were not annulled despite having many flaws.”
Rizvi said though BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront leaders have long been demanding for ensuring a level-playing field and stopping the arrest and harassment of their activists, the Election Commission is not taking any step in this regard.
He claimed that their party’s many leaders and activists were arrested at different places, including the capital, Narayanganj and Cox’s Bazar, on Monday.
Dhaka, Dec 4 (UNB) – Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain on Tuesday questioned the role of the Election Commission EC) in ensuring a credible national election.
“We’ve got the independence through an election. People still expect many things from the election. But Election Commission must demonstrate its neutrality for holding a free and fair election,” he said.
Talking to reporters after a meeting with National Democratic Institute (NDI) at a city hotel, Dr Kamal further said, “You’re observing the activities of the Election Commission and evaluate whether it’s working neutrally.”
He said though the Oikyafront had a demand for delaying the election for a month, the EC only deferred it by a week. “The Election Commission is not supposed to be loyal to the government and the government can’t ask the Commission not to defer the election.”
About the meeting with NDI, he said they talked about the overall election atmosphere.
Gano Forum’s Habiganj-1 seat candidate Dr Reza Kibria was also present at the meeting.
Talking to UNB, Reza said the NDI asked them about the election atmosphere and level-playing field and Dr Kaml briefed them about it.
Reza said he talked about the cancelation of his nomination papers by the returning officer.
A five-member NDI delegation, led by Jacqueline Corcoran, joined the meeting.