Dhaka, Nov 26 (UNB) - BNP on Monday alleged that Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda has lost the moral ground to stay in office after Awami League nominated his nephew as its candidate for Patuakhali-3 seat.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi demanded the CEC to quit demonstrating his high morale.
“CEC Nurul Huda’s nephew SM Shahjada Saju received Awami League’s nomination letter yesterday (Sunday). It’s another aspirant AKM Jahangir Hossain said the ruling party has nominated him to use the CEC in the election in favour of it,” said Rizvi.
Rizvi further said, “We think the government has given the CEC a gift by nominating his nephew and that’s why he’s lost all the moral right to hold office.”
The BNP leader said it is now in no way possible for the CEC to conduct the election in a free and fair manner as his nephew is in the race with an AL ticket.
“The CEC through his activities has already demonstrated that he’s an undeclared Awami League leader and he managed the ticket for his nephew,” he added.
He also demanded the EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed be withdrawn from the commission as his statements are similar to the ruling party leaders.
Rizvi accused the EC secretary of playing the main role in holding a state-managed election.
Dhaka, Nov 26 (UNB) – Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda on Monday urged the executive magistrates to remain alert so that no violence, murder or bloodshed can take place centering the forthcoming election.
The CEC came up with the call at the auditorium of Nirbachan Bhaban in Agargaon while briefing the executive magistrates who will perform duty during the election.
“It is your duty to keep election environment safe,” he said.
“The polling day is a very important day. You have to perform duty carefully on the day. Sometimes you may have to face embarrassing or provocative situation, you might be misguided. You have to face the entire situation with intelligence, skills and readiness,” he said.
“You have to understand which incident is true and which false. You have to keep contact with presiding officers and other colleagues to get updates about the polling stations,” said the CEC.
He also asked the magistrates to keep contact with law enforcement agencies.
The CEC briefed 691 magistrates in three batches in three days.
He briefed magistrates of Rangpur, Rajshahi and Khulna Divisions today.
Dhaka, Nov 26 (UNB) –BNP nomination aspirants started to gather in front of its Chairperson’s Gulshan office as the party will formally start issuing nomination letters this (Monday) afternoon to the candidates its board selected for contesting the forthcoming national election.
A number of senior BNP leaders said the distribution process was scheduled to start at 10:30 am but later they decided to start it at 4 pm as necessary works for issuing the letters could not be completed in the morning.
The issuance of nomination letters among the Barisal division aspirants will start at 4 pm while among Rangpur division aspirants at 6 pm and Rajshahi division seekers at 8pm, party sources said .
On Sunday, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said they will formally issue nomination letters on Monday.
Another party standing committee member, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, said they have finalised the list of their party candidates. “We’re now in discussions with our partners of the Jatiya Oikyafront and the 20-party.”
He said their party standing committee nominated the candidates based on their competence, capability and popularity.
Party insiders said some of its leaders informally received their nomination letters on Sunday night while most of the nomination hopefuls are staying in the capital city to get the party tickets on Monday.
The BNP leaders also hinted that 150-200 nomination seekers will be given party tickets on the first day while the rest will get those later.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir along with some senior leaders held a meeting at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office on Sunday night and discussed various issues relating to sharing seats with the alliance partners.
A leader close to Fakhrul said, “The BNP leader signed the nomination letters of the 200 selected candidates of the party at the night.”
He said the BNP standing committee decided to share nearly 10 seats with Gano Forum, three each with Nagorik Oikya, JSD and Krishak Sramik Janata League while 40 seats with the 20-party alliance partners.
Dhaka, Nov 25 (UNB) - BNP on Sunday raised a complaint with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda that police are still arresting their leaders and activists across the country ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections.
"The countrywide arrest continues against BNP leaders and activists. Police are carrying out their arrest business across the country," BNP vice chairman Maj (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed Bir Brikram told reporters after submitting its complaint before the CEC at the latter's Nirbachan Bhaban office.
Hafiz said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir sent him to the Election Commission.
He said they demanded the Election Commission take measures for stopping such activities ahead of the election slated for December 30.
The BNP leader said the CEC assured them of taking measures over the cases filed after the announcement of the election schedule.
Dhaka, Nov 25 (UNB) - The BNP-led 20-party alliance on Sunday demanded the transfer of every Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police to another district ahead of the upcoming parliamentary polls.
"We demanded transfer of all the DCs and SPs to other districts from their existing workplaces," Col (retd) Oli Ahmed told reporters after a meeting between a 20-party alliance delegation and election commissioner Rafiqul Islam at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.
He said they also demanded the removal of controversial officials from election duties.
Mentioning that police kept arresting BNP leaders and activists and their possible election agents, he said, "We've told them that no one can be arrested till December 30. Or else, we'll think the Election Commission is not neutral one."
"No congenial environment has so far been created for holding a fair election," alleged Oli Ahmed, also President of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), a component of the 20-party alliance.
He said many ‘fictitious’ cases were filed against unnamed accused that means a deep-rooted conspiracy is there behind it.
At the meeting, the 20-party alliance team placed a total of 13 demands before the Commission.
The other demands include deployment of the armed forces personnel alongside police to maintain the law and order during the election, providing the armed forces personnel with the power of arresting miscreants and refraining from using electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the election defying public opinions.
"The EC couldn’t yet prove that they’re working fairly or neutrally," the LDP chief said replying to a query.
He alleged that the government is trying to intimidate the opposition leaders and activists by filing false cases and arresting them regularly for implementing its conspiracy and blueprint over the election. "The Election Commission needs to take visible measures in this regard. Or else, the election may be foiled," he said.
Oli Ahmed alleged that ministers and MPs were carrying out election campaign using state facilities. "In this circumstance, a fair election can't be expected. The Commission will have to take effective steps," he said.
BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan and Bangladesh Kalyan Party Chairman Major General (retd) Syed Mohammad Ibrahim were among the 20-party delegation members.
However, Bangladesh Jatiya Party (BJP) Chairman Andaleeve Rahman Partho left the meeting venue just before the meeting started.