Dhaka, Dec 7 (UNB) – BNP on Friday alleged that various instructions are being given to the Election Commission regularly ‘from the Prime Minister’s Office’ to implement the government agenda.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also questioned the neutrality of three Election Commissioners.
“Election Commissioners M Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Shahdat Hossain have been playing important roles in holding the upcoming election, but there is a hearsay that they’re working in favour of the ruling party,” he said.
The BNP leader also alleged that Prime Minister’s adviser HT Imam regularly discuss various issues with the three commissioners.
Of the trio, he said, the senior most one was given the main charge for implementing the government’s agenda. “HT imam gives his all directives through the Commissioner.”
“Various instructions are being sent from the Prime Minister's Office to the Chief Election Commissioner through messengers, and it has been confirmed from the CEC's office,” Rizvi claimed.
He alleged that a cell has been set up at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to control the returning officers. “The nominations of BNP candidates and Awami League’s rebel independent ones were scrapped during scrutiny on December 2 as per the suggestion of the cell.”
The BNP leader alleged that there was a strong instruction from the cell about the ruling party’s rebel candidates. “The Election Commission during the appeal hearing is also following the same direction regarding the independent candidates.”
He said they came to know that former election commissioner Mobarak Hossain has been made the legal adviser to the ruling party’s election steering cell.
Besides, the BNP leader said, 12 police officials have been given the charge to help the ruling party rig votes in different regions.
Rizvi said they have also go information that the National Security Intelligence (NSI) officials have been asked to prepare a list of the election observers. “The Intelligence agency has already formed an alliance titled ‘Election Working Forum’ with 20 organisations registered with the Election Commission.”
He said a list of 20,000 local election observers under the alliance has been made and they will be there at polling stations to work in favour of Awami League.
Dhaka, Dec 7 (UNB) – The Election Commission on Friday declared invalid the candidatures of Jatiya Party leader ABM Ruhul Amin Hawladar for Patuakhai-1 and BNP candidate Samir QuaderChowdhury for Chittagong-6 on the 2nd day of hearing petitions filed challenging returning officers’ decision.
The EC turned down 27 petitions, declared 50 candidatures as valid while kept one pending so far after hearing on petitions till 1:05 pm.
The hearing will resume around 3 pm again.
BNP-candidates-- Mohammad Ziauddin of Brahmanbaria-6, Mejbahuddin Farhad of Barishal-4 and Mohammad Moslem Uddin of Brahmanbaria-4,Independent candidate Hasan Mahmud Chowdhury of Chattogram-8, Jatiya-party candidate Nasrin Zahan Ratna of Barishal-6, AL-backed Abdullah Al Jacob of Bhola-4 were among those whose candidature were declared valid.
The Election Commission started its hearing for the second consecutive day on Friday on the petitions filed against the decision for the returning officers over the rejection and acceptance of nomination papers in different constituencies.
The EC will hear the petitions of 150 aspirants today.
Earlier on Thursday, the EC declared 80 candidatures as valid after hearing 160 petitions. Of the total, the Commission rejected 77 petitions and kept three pending.
The 80 aspirants who got back their candidatures include BNP's 39, AL's 1, Jatiya Party's 8, Gano Forum's 1, LDP's 2, Zaker Party's 6, NPP's 1, Bangladesh Islami Front's 2, IslamiOikyajote's 2, Bangladesh Muslim League's 1, IslamiAndolan Bangladesh's 2, Muslim League's 2 and independent 13.
A total of 543 petitions were filed with the Election Commission within the three-day window till Wednesday challenging the decisions for returning officers over the rejection and acceptance for nomination papers submitted by aspirants to contest the next national election slated for December 30.
Dhaka, Dec 6 (UNB) –Jatiya Oikyafront, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, will formally unveil its election manifesto on December 17, a day after the Victory Day.
“We’ll announce the Jatiya Oikyafront’s manifesto on December 17 through a press conference,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He came up with the announcement while talking to reporters after a meeting of the alliance steering committee at Dr Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber on Thursday evening.
Besides, Fakhrul said, they postponed their rally scheduled for December 10 at the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan due to the upcoming national election.
The BNP leader, however, said they will hold the rally in the capital at the fag-end of the election campaign in favour of their alliance candidates.
Earlier in the day, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced that Jatiya Oikyafront would hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in the city on December 10 ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections.
Fakhrul, also the spokesman of the Oikyafront, said they talked about the prevailing election atmosphere in the country and the continued arrest of the opposition leaders and activists after the announcement of the election schedule.
He said they also discussed the cancellation of nominations of huge number alliance candidates and the distribution of the election symbol among the 300 Oikyafront runners.
The BNP leader said they decided that all the Oikyafront candidates will go to their respective constituencies to carry out electioneering after the distribution of the election symbol.
He said they also discussed the seat-sharing issue at the meeting. “We’ll let you know about our final decision on it within couple of days.”
Apart from Fakhrul, JSD president ASM Abdur Rob, general secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddiqui, Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury, general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Oikya Prokriya’s Sultan Mohammad Mansur and Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury were present at the meeting with Dr Kamal Hossain in the chair.
Dhaka, Dec 6 (UNB) - BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday thanked the Election Commission for ‘ensuing justice’ as most of their aspirants whose nominations had been declared illegal got back their candidatures through appeals.
Taking to reporters at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, he also hoped that their Chairperson’s nomination will be declared valid if the Commission ensures justice to her.
“We think the declaration of most of our candidates valid is our victory. We also hope our leader Khaleda Zia will also be declared a legal candidate if justice is ensured,” he said.
Fakhrul said the Returning Officers declared illegal the nominations of many of our candidates but most of them were considered as legal runners through the Election Commission hearing. “So, I thank the Election Commission.”
He alleged that the Returning Officers declared illegal most of their candidates’ nominations as they had to obey the government order and they could not ensure justice in many cases for that reason.
Replying to a question, Fakhrul said they may announce a partial list of their final candidates for different constituencies after 8 pm today.
He alleged that the government, being afraid of defeat, is now using state machineries to influence the election.
The BNP leader also alleged that law enforcers continued the arrest of their leaders and activists hampering their organisational activities.
He urged the government and the Election Commission to stop arresting opposition activists and create a proper election atmosphere so that all the parties can exercise their democratic rights.
Dhaka, Dec 6 (UNB) – Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Thursday urged their party leaders and activists to get united and protect the voting centres on December 30 as their party has no alternative to win.
“There’s no alternative for us to win. BNP can’t turn out to be victorious in the polls as it couldn’t win the movement,” he said
Quader further said, “Oikyafront’s conspiracy tool may hit again. If they guard the polling stations, Awami League must protect the voting centres.”
Quader, also the Road Transport and Bridges Minister,came up with the comment while speaking at a joint meeting of Swechchhasebak League at Bangabandhu Avenue.
He urged their party leaders and workers not to be complacent about coming back to power in the next election. “Work together for ensuring the victory of all the candidates of our party and alliance partners.”
The ruling party leader also warned that a terrible situation will be created like 2001 one if Awami League gets defeated in the election. “If we want to avoid such awful situation, we all must remain united.”
He said they are going to start giving the final nomination letters to their candidates today (Thursday) and the process will be completed by Friday.
Quader claimed that they have already reached an understating with their alliance partners over the seat sharing issue.
He urged their party and alliance leaders and workers to accept the final nominations of the alliance for the sake of their greater interests.
The ruling party leader also said there is no reason for having any misunderstand among their alliance partners. “We sat in talks repeatedly, and we could nominate the good candidates from the alliance.”
Quader also hoped that those who will get nominations from the Grand Alliance will come out successful in most of the seats.