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BNP presents five-point demand to EC regarding city corporation polls

  • Published at 01:48 pm July 29th, 2018
Election Commission Building
File photo of Bangladesh Election Commission Secretariat Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Talking to reporters after meeting with Election Commission officials, Mahbub Uddin Khokon said they discussed BNP’s dissatisfaction regarding the city corporation polls environment

BNP Joint Secretary General Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon and Law Affairs Secretary Kaiser Kamal visited the Election Commission Office and presented a five-point demand on Sunday.

They lodged a complaint with the Election Commission about the detainment and harassment of leaders and activists in Sylhet, Rajshahi, and Barisal in the days leading up to the city corporation elections of the cities.

Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon and Kaiser Kamal visited the Election Commission Office, and met with the chief election commissioner and election commissioners Mahbub Talukder and Brig Gen (retd) Shahdat Hossain Chowdhury.

Talking to reporters after meeting with Election Commission officials, Mahbub Uddin Khokon said they discussed BNP’s dissatisfaction regarding the city corporation polls environment.

BNP has also submitted a five-point demand regarding holding fair polls. They demanded that: false cases regarding the city corporation polls in the three cities be withdrawn, and action be taken against sub-inspectors and officers-in-charge involved in lodging false cases; no more arrests be made without warrants; polling agents not be arrested without any justifiable reason; media be allowed inside polling stations during polls; and immediate action be taken against anyone trying to rig the polls.

The BNP claimed there have been numerous arrests and widespread harassment in the days leading up to the corporation polls, and complaints have been lodged with the Election Commission, Mahbub added while speaking to the media.

Responding to a query from reporters, he claimed that the government and police were working together so that the BNP could not win, as the BNP would win if free polls were held.