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BNP demands army deployment in city polls

Update : 01 Apr 2015, 12:37 PM

The BNP has demanded deployment of army in the upcoming Dhaka and Chittagong City Corporations elections, scheduled to be held on April 28.

A BNP delegation made the call while holding a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed at the Election Commission secretariat on Wednesday afternoon.

The seven-member delegation led by BNP standing committee member ASM Hannan Shah and Jamir Uddin Sircar, also includes Musfiqur Rahman, Syed Sujauddin Ahmed, HM Abdul Halim, Abdur Rashid and ABM Abdus Sattar.

Later, Hannan Shah briefed the journalists about the meeting around 4:45pm.

He said they placed a 14-point demand during the meeting.

“In order to hold the elections in a free and fair manner and ensure level playing field for all candidates, the election commission should ensure deployment of army in the city corporations areas.”

The demands also include unlocking the gate of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's party office and other party offices and stopping of harassment of the party leaders and activists.

The CEC has assured of fulfilling the demands, he said.

Replying to a query over the party's current stance towards the upcoming polls, he further said: “Our satisfaction depends on the action, going to be taken by authorities concerned.”

Regarding the issue of army deployment, the CEC said: "We will hold a meeting with the law enforcing agencies on April 19. The decision of deploying army will be taken in that meeting."

 

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