Dhaka, Dec 3 (UNB) - Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukdar on Monday said the Election Commission doesn’t want to hold such an election which can raise question among people.
"We don't want to make ourselves questionable through holding a controversial election," he said.
The Commissioner said these while speaking at the inaugural progrmme of a training workshop of government officials at the city's Nirbachan Bhaban.
Election Commission Secretary Helaluddin Ahmad presided over the workshop.
The Election Commissioner said that around 2026 government officials will be trained all over the country whereas 408 officials will be trained through the workshop and the training programme will continue until December 09.
He instructed the officials to perform their duties with courage and honesty. "If you people fail the whole election will be turned into a total failure," he said.
Mentioning that there was no continuity in the elections in the country, he said, "Now we are going to create a tradition through a holding a complete and participatory election".
He also warned that the negligence of the government officials in performing the election duty will not be tolerated.
Dhaka, Dec 3 (UNB) – Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad on Monday made party presidium member Moshiur Rahman Ranga its secretary general removing Ruhul Amin Hawlader from the post.
Ershad took the decision as per section 20/1/A of the Jatiya Party constitution giving it immediate effect, his deputy press secretary Delwar Jalali told UNB.
Ranga, also the State Minister for Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives, will discharge the duty of party secretary general alongside party’s presidium member as his additional charge, said a party press release.
However, the reason behind the removal of Hawlader was not mentioned in the press release.
Hawlader faced the fresh blow with his removal from Jatiya Party’s secretary general post, a day after his nomination for Patuakhali-1 seat was rejected by election officials for ‘loan default’.
Party insiders said Ershad took the decision to appease the party rank and file as allegations have it that the Jatiya Party chairman in connivance with Hawlader nominated party candidates taking huge money from them, depriving many deserving ones.
The aggrieved nomination hopefuls and their supporters also recently staged demonstrations at the party’s Banani office.
Besides, they said, their chairman was also not happy with Hawlader’s performance as he could not effectively bargain with the ruling party to confirm the nomination of party presidium members Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu and Salma Islam from the Grand Alliance.
They also said Ershad was also upset with the cancellation of Hawlader’s nomination which prompted him to remove him from the party’s vital post.
Howlader was first made Jatiya Party secretary general in 2001 when the party faced a split and remained in the post for 12 consecutive years.
In April 2014, Ziauddin Ahmed Bablu was appointed Jatiya Party secretary general removing Ruhul Amin Hawlader from the post.
On January 19, 2016, Ershad removed Bablu from the post of the party secretary general and replaced him with Ruhul Amin Hawlader.
Dhaka, Dec 2 (UNB) – The BNP-led 20-party alliance on Sunday night claimed that the nominations of its 80 candidates were cancelled by the Election Commission (EC) on Sunday during scrutiny to ‘ensure Awami League’s victory in the December-30 election’.
“The nominations of our around 80 candidates, including Khaleda Zia, were cancelled during today’s (Sunday’s) scrutiny. I think the opposition was pushed out of the election through it,” said 20-party chief coordinator Oli Ahmed.
Talking to reporters after a meeting of the BNP-led 20-party alliance at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, he further said, “It means they (AL) have taken forward their path of victory. If it continues, it may not be possible for us to stay in the election till the last.”
Oli, also the president of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), said they have taken part in the polls to remain till the last day. “But now how will we be there in the race if we don’t have candidates as 80 ones have already been declared ineligible?”
Besides, he said, their party leaders and activists cannot stay in their houses and areas due to arrest and drive by the law enforcers. “There’s no election atmosphere and level-playing field. How will we hold the election if such arrest and intimidation continues? We want a clear announcement about it from the government.”
The LDP chief said their candidates’ nominations were revoked on various excuses as the government wants to hold an uncompetitive election.
He said many candidates who resigned from their post of upazila chairman and submitted their resignation copies with their nomination papers. “But, their nominations were annulled showing an excuse that those were not accepted by the government.”
Oli said some candidates’ nominations were cancelled on charge of loan default, but many of them never took loan.
He also came down hard on the Election Commission for not taking any step as per their demands to ensure a level-playing field. “We don’t think this Commission has any power. It seems they they’re working as per the government’s orders, deceiving people.”
Earlier, the top leaders of the 20-party alliance had around an hour-long meeting where they discussed various issues relating to election, including seat sharing with BNP.
Dhaka, Dec 2 (UNB) – Neither BNP nor its any alliance partners has any candidate to contest the December-30 national election from Dhaka-1, Manikganj-2 and Bagura-7 seats as the nominations of all the candidates of the party were cancelled during scrutiny by the Election Commission.
In Dhaka-1, the nominations of BNP candidates Khandaker Abu Ashfaq and Fahima Hossain Jubilee were trashed by the returning officer.
Contacted, Abu Ashafq said he recently resigned from the post of Nawabganj Upazila Parishad chairman to take part in the national election.
However, the returning officer said his resignation was not accepted. “I’ll make an appeal against it.”
Jubilee’s nomination was revoked as she was convicted in two cases.
With the cancellation of nominations of Ashfaq and Jubilee, now only two runners--Awami League’s Salman F Rahamn and ex-Jatiya Party MP Salam Islam as an independent candidate-- are there in the race.
Salma Islam filed her nomination as an Independent candidate as Jatiya Party did not give her nomination
In Bagura-7, the nomination of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from Bagura seat was turned down for her conviction in two graft case.
Besides, the Election Commission rejected the nominations of BNP’s two other candidates -- Morshed Milton and Sarkar Badal -- as both of them were holding the posts of Upazila Chairmen, said district returning officer Foyez Ahmed.
Awami League’s candidate Dr Mostafa Alam Nannu and three independent candidates--Ferdous Ara Khan, Rezaul Karim Bablu and Abdur Razzak— are now in the race as the their nomination papers were accepted by the EC.
In Manikganj-2, the nominations BNP candidate Engineer Mainul Islam Khan was declared illegal questioning the authenticity of party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir's signature during the scrutiny.
Another party candidate and Singair Upazila Chairman Abidur Rahman Roman’s candidature was also revoked as his resignations letter from the upazila chairman post was not accepted.
However, the nominations of Awami League candidate singer Mamtaz Begum, Bikolpa Dhara Bangladesh’s Golam Sarwar Milon, Bangladesh Tarikat Federation’s Mohammad Ferdous Ahmed Asif and Islami Andolon Bangladesh’s Mohammad Ali were announced as valid.
Kurigram, Dec 2 (UNB) – The retuning officer on Sunday rejected the nomination paper of Ganajagaran Mancha spokesperson Imran H Sarkar for Kurigram-4 constituency due to the absence of the signatures of 1 percent voters.
RO Sultana Parveen, also the deputy commissioner of the district, announced the cancellation in the afternoon.
According to the Election Commission, the nomination paper of Imran H Sarkar did not contain the signatures of required 1 percent voters of the constituency.
Nomination papers of 18 other candidates in different parliamentary seats of the district were also revoked during the scrutiny.