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LDA: No level playing field for opposition parties

  • Published at 06:26 pm December 17th, 2018
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Police bar Left Democratic Alliance leaders and activists from going towards the Secretariat following their rally in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Sunday, October 14, 2018 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

They claimed that leaders and activists of the LDA were attacked by ruling party activists, and even law enforcement agencies prevented them from carrying out election campaigning

The Left Democratic Alliance (LDA) has claimed that there is no level playing field for opposition political parties to contest the upcoming national election, and the Election Commission is not doing enough about it.

The party made the allegation while speaking to reporters at the Election Commission on Monday.

They also said leaders and activists of the LDA were attacked by ruling party activists, and even law enforcement agencies prevented their leaders and followers from carrying out their election campaign.

A delegation of the front, led by Communist Party General Secretary Ruhin Hossain Prince, met Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed and submitted a written complaint to the commission, pointing out steps that need to be taken to ensure a level playing field for a free, fair and credible election.

"We want to have faith in the Election Commission for now, but the body language of the commission is not conducive to creating a level playing field," said Ruhin Hossain Prince.

Urging the Election Commission to take on a stronger role, Ruhin said: “Wherever returning officers have taken a strong stance, the situation is comparatively better. The commission shares our opinion regarding this.”

In the letter to the EC, the party said: “Ruling party Awami League and its student wing Chhatra League have attacked and hampered campaigns, and tortured our leaders and supporters in at least 13 constituencies – Khulna 3, Netrokona 4, Barisal 5, Kushtia 3, Jamalpur 2, Dinajpur 4, and Dhaka 6, 12, 13, 14, and 17.”

The 11th general election will be held on December 30.