Dhaka, Dec 3 (UNB) – Speakers at a discussion here on Monday stressed the need for creating awareness among people about exercising their right to franchise.
The discussion was held at Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) on the forthcoming 11th parliamentary elections under the banner ‘Amra Sadharon Jonogon’.
The speakers put forward 6-point demand, including freedom of the judiciary, establishing good governance and ensuring people’s voting right and more.
Secretary of SushashonerJonno Nagorik (Shujon) Dr Badiul Alam Majumdar said a functional democracy cannot be established if common people do not play their due role in election.
He stressed the importance of parliamentary election saying, "Election itself is not democracy but there's no alternative to it to secure democratic governance."
Mentioning that there is no system to monitor government activities, Badiul Alam said people are living in a state where good governance is absent.
"People need to know the issues of the upcoming national election and be aware of their rights," he added.
Feroza Begum, who presided over the event as a representative of commoners, said, "In talk-shows, every speaker talks about people's rights but we people have no scope of expressing our thoughts. We fail to exercise our rights because of our ignorance about thise. People need to exercise their voting rights unitedly."
Chairman of National Congress of Bangladesh (NCB) Saber Ahmed Sabbir and DRU executive member D M Amirul Islam also spoke on the occasion.
Dhaka, Dec 3 (UNB) - The Election Commission (EC) on Monday started receiving applications from those whose nomination papers were rejected by returning officers during scrutiny.
In the morning, a good number of aggrieved candidates and their supporters were seen gathering at the Election Commission Secretariat in the city’s Agargaon area with their applications and documents.
Imran H Sarkar and Golam Mowla Rony filed their respective appeals against cancellation of their nomination papers.
While talking to reporters, EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmad said the rejected candidates will be able to appeal with Election Commission. "Even if any aspirant is not happy here (with the decisions of the EC), he/she can also go to court," he added.
The returning officers, during the scrutiny on Sunday, rejected a total of 786 nomination papers and accepted 2,279 ones submitted in the country's 300 constituencies to contest the 11th national election scheduled for December 30.
Only aggrieved candidates or banks can file appeals with the Appeal Authority, EC, by 5 pm on Wednesday (Dec 5) challenging the decision of the returning officers over nomination papers.
An aspirant or authorised person can submit the petition addressing the EC Secretary.
Seven copies of each application, including the main one, will have to be submitted.
The EC will dispose of the appeals by December 9 following hearings to be held at the EC Secretariat on December 6-8.
The last date for the withdrawal of candidature is December 9, while the election symbols will be allocated among candidates on December 10.
Dhaka, Dec 3 (UNB) – A writ has been filed with the High Court challenging the legality of the Election Commission’s decision to use Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at six constituencies during the upcoming 11th parliamentary election.
Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Eunus Ali Akond, also an aspirant from Jatiya Party for Dhaka-8 constituency, filed the writ on Monday.
Besides, the writ sought cancellation of the decision of using EVM.
The hearing on the writ petition is likely to be held at the HC bench of Justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and Justice Md. Iqbal Kabir .
Chief Election Commissioner, Cabinet Secretary, President’s Secretary and secretary to the Law Ministry has been made respondents to the writ.
The writ petitioner said that the decision of using EVM in six constituencies among 300 is discriminatory.
The Election Commission has decided to use EVM in Dhaka-6 and-13, Chattogram-9, Rangpur-3, Khulna-2 and Satkhira-2 constituencies in the upcoming parliamentary election.
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.