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Quader: EC not working at govt’s order on Dhaka city polls

  • Published at 03:29 pm January 16th, 2020
Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader
File photo of Awami League general secretary and minister for road transport and bridges Obaidul Quader Focus Bangla

The Election Commission should consider the religious aspect of election movement, says the Road Transport and Bridges minister

Road Transport and Bridges minister Obaidul Quader has said the government is not interfering with the elections to Dhaka south (DSCC) and north (DNCC) city corporations.

While responding to BNP’s allegation of influencing the Election Commission (EC)’s work, the minister dismissed the issue on Thursday in Dhaka, reports UNB.

Quader said: “The EC is not working as per the government's order and it never will. It is therefore working independently.” 

The minister said the people should abide by the order passed by the High Court regarding deferment of the Dhaka city polls. “Elections to the two city corporations is set to be held on January 30 (as per the court’s order),” he added, requesting demonstrators to call off their protests.

Replying to a question about Chhatra League’s involvement in the protest, the Awami League general secretary said: “There are members of the Hindu community in the Chhatra League who might have taken part in the movement from their religious point of view.”

When asked whether the EC should have taken the religious issue into consideration, Quader said “Definitely, the EC should have considered it.”

“The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is dealing with the matter. You better ask them,” the minister said while commenting on BNP candidate Ishraque Hossain's corruption issues.

Referring to the violation of the electoral code of conduct, Quader said the Election Commission can take necessary action. “They [EC] should have taken severe action in this regard.”