Election will be transparent, PM Hasina says

BNP will not be able to rig votes to claim power, says the premier

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday categorically declared that people will cast their votes freely in the next elections and assured BNP that there is nothing to be worried about.

“I think they (BNP) are in anxiety as there will be a transparent election and they won't be able to rig the vote to claim power," she said.

She also referred to the over 10 million fake voters the past BNP government enlisted to go to power through the rigging. 

The prime minister said this while responding to a question at a press conference held at Bangladesh Permanent Missions in the UN.

Prime Minister Hasina said that the transparency in polls found during the tenures of Awami League government did not exist in the past. 

“Who are those people who raise questions regarding elections? Awami League always fought to establish democracy in the country,” she said.

She also said that Awami League never came to power through rigging votes. 

“Awami League always comes to power through the votes of the people,” she added.

She wondered why the questions of the people who never came to power through votes get so much importance. 

“People will cast their votes in the election freely. The 2009, 2014 and 2018 elections were held under such environments,” she said.

Talking about the participation of BNP in the election, she said, BNP did not participate in the 2014 elections and that was their decision. 

“They knew that they did not have any possibility to come to power through a fair election process. They are habituated to coming to power through killings, coups and conspiracy. That is the reality,” she said.

The prime minister made it clear that the Awami League government has ensured the people’s right to vote. 

“What can be done if anyone loses their eligibility to participate in the election…?" she asked.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also claimed that the Awami League government has put the election process of the country on the right track after it was derailed during the military regimes and BNP-Jamaat tenures.

Regarding the electronic voting machine (EVM), she said that EVM is a modern system and is used in many countries around the world. 

“We saw that elections, where the EVMs were used, got quicker results and people could cast their votes freely,” she said.

She, however, said it is true that there are some people against the use of EVMs.