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Oikya Front calls election a 'farce,' demands fresh polls

  • Published at 08:26 pm December 30th, 2018
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Jatiya Oikya Front chief Dr Kamal Hossain, along with the platform's leaders, briefs media at a press conference at the alliance's office in Dhaka's Purana Paltan on Sunday; December 30, 2018 afternoon. Dhaka Tribune

Dr Kamal Hossain said more than 100 of the alliance candidates boycotted the election, sensing 'vote dacoity.'

Jatiya Oikya Front has called upon the Election Commission to void the results of the 11th general polls, and demanded a fresh election under a non-partisan government.

During a briefing on Sunday evening at Dhaka’s Bailey Road, the platform’s chief Dr Kamal Hossain said: “More than 100 Oikya Front candidates have boycotted the election midway, sensing vote dacoity.”

“In these circumstances, we are demanding a fresh election under a non-partisan government and an impartial Election Commission.” 

“We will soon issue a letter to Election Commission, seeking re-election under a non-partisan government,” the eminent jurist told reporters.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, who was also present alongside Dr Kamal, said: “This is cruel mockery to the democracy.”

Defending BNP’s decision not to participate in the previous polls, the top BNP spokesperson said this election is a reflection that not taking part in the 10th general election was “not a mistake.”

“No fair election is possible under the current government,” he claimed.

Gonoshasthaya Kendra trustee Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, a key member of the Jatiya Oikya Front, said they will sit with the alliance steering committee by 12pm Monday and will decide on further action.