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Dhaka city polls: No step to ensure level-playing field, alleges BNP

  • Published at 03:56 pm January 13th, 2020
WEB_BNP Standing Committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain
File Photo: BNP Standing Committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain Collected

As per the election code of conduct, the BNP leader said, using coloured posters and pasting those on walls is completely prohibited

BNP senior leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain has alleged that the Election Commission is not taking any step to ensure a level-playing field ahead of the polls to two Dhaka city corporations.

“The ruling party candidates are preventing our election campaign through attacks at different places. Our councillor candidates are being intimidated, their houses are being attacked and their loudspeakers are being snatched during campaign. It is very regrettable,” he said.

As per the election code of conduct, the BNP leader said, using coloured posters and pasting those on walls is completely prohibited. “But Awami League candidates are not adhering to it. The Election Commission is not taking any action either. This means a level-playing field is not being ensured.”

He came up with the allegation while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave together with the party’s Dhaka north and south city polls candidate Tabith Awal and Ishraque Hossain, reports UNB.

Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, claimed the current "subservient" Election Commission will not be able to hold a fair and neutral election under a "vote robber" government. “But we have taken part in the polls as part of our movement for the restoration of democracy, and having Khaleda Zia freed from jail.”

He urged the Election Commission to back off from its decision of using electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the city polls billed for January 30.

The BNP leader said their party’s mayoral candidates and most of its supported councillor candidates will come out successful if the elections are held in a fair and neutral manner, and if voters can cast their votes without any fear and obstruction.

Earlier, Tabith and Ishraque along with BNP leaders and activists paid homage to Zia by placing wreaths at his grave.

Later, Tabith started his electioneering for the fourth straight day from the Farmgate area while Ishraque began from Tikatuli’s Abhay Das Lane.