BNP’s mayoral candidate for the Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) election Tabith Awal on Thursday demanded that voting be held with ballot papers, saying people are still not ready to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
He also urged the Hindu voters to cast their votes in favour of the ‘Sheaf of Paddy’, the election symbol of BNP, and thus give a reply to the injustice done to them fixing the election date on January 30 which coincides with Saraswati Puja.
Tabith started his election campaign on the seventh day on Thursday from in front of Bashundhara City Shopping Complex in the city’s Panthapath area.
Talking to reporters there, the BNP candidate said, “Considering the overall situation, we think people are still not ready to cast their votes using EVMs.”
He said the Election Commission (EC) itself has admitted that they have not sufficient trained manpower to conduct the voting through the EVMs. “We’re not against the technology, but we’re opposing the system.”
Tabith said the commission should have trained people from long time ago about using the EVMs to conduct the voting through those.
He called upon the Election Commission to back off from its decision of using EVMs in the polls as he said most voters do not want it.
The BNP candidate alleged that the ruling party is trying to intimidate voters by carrying out various attacks and issuing threats seeing people’s overwhelming response in favour of the ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.
He called upon the EC to take steps for ensuring a congenial election atmosphere.
While carrying out electioneering in West Tejturi Para, Tabith criticised the Election Commission and the government for fixing the date of voting on January 30. “We think they did it deliberately. It has exposed that the government doesn’t equally respect all the religions.”
The BNP candidate urged the Hindu voters not to boycott the polls and give their verdict in favour of BNP.
Later, Tabith carried out election campaign in Green Road, Tejgaon College, Indira Road, Khamarbari, Monipuripara, Aulad Hossin Market, Agargaon, Pirerbagh, Rokeya Swarani, Taltala Staff Quarters and Shyamoli areas.