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BNP: CEC’s comment on ‘nocturnal exercise’ says it all

  • Published at 10:40 pm March 9th, 2019
File photo of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi addressing a press briefing at the party's Naya Paltan headquarters in Dhaka Focus Bangla

The CEC's slip of tongue has revealed the fact of ballot box stuffing the night before the general elections, says Ruhul Kabir Rizvi

BNP on Saturday said their allegation of vote “robbery” in the December 30 parliamentary election has now proved true with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda's comment that the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs) can prevent stuffing ballot boxes the night before an election.

"The Chief Election Commissioner has said the risk of stuffing ballot boxes the night before voting will go down if EVMs are introduced. The fact over the general election has started to emerge," said BNP Senior Joint Secretary General, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, while speaking at a press conference at BNP's Naya Paltan headquarters on Saturday.

KM Nurul Huda could not keep the cat in the bag for long he said, adding: "The CEC's slip of tongue has revealed the facts regarding the general elections. The CEC's remark has demonstrated that the general election was held the night before, as EVMs were not used."

Speaking at a training workshop of election officials at the secretariat on Friday ahead of Upazila Parishad elections, KM Nurul Huda said the commission is planning to use EVMs to make sure that ballot boxes cannot be stuffed on the night before an election.

Since the general election, BNP and Jatiya Oikya Front have been accusing the ruling party of indulging in vote “robbery” by stuffing ballot boxes on December 29.

"Your [KM Nurul Huda] remarks will remain as an important document for people, about how a Chief Election Commissioner allowed stuffing ballot boxes at midnight in a national election, depriving people of their voting rights," he said.

The BNP leader questioned the CEC whether he allowed the ruling party to stuff ballot boxes on December 29 to justify the use of EVMs that were procured spending thousands of crores of public funds.

He warned the CEC that he will have to be accountable to people some day for the midnight voting.

Rizvi said the CEC is trying to use EVMs in the election as thousands of crores of taka are involved. "EVM is another means of indulging in vote fraud. No machine is required for ensuring a fair election, as only sincerity and commitment to democracy is enough for it."

He said, not only the CEC, but also another Election Commissioner (without mentioning any name) talked about midnight voting carelessly as the truth cannot be buried.

Rizvi voiced deep concern as their seriously ill chairperson Khaleda Zia is yet to be taken to any hospital for treatment.

He demanded the government move her to United Hospital to ensure proper treatment.