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Awami League not worried about voter turnout, Quader says

  • Quader says Awami League wants to transfer power to an elected govt
  • Asks why BNP should be persuaded to participate in election

 

Update : 04 Dec 2023, 03:15 PM

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said his party is unconcerned about voter turnout in the upcoming national election, expressing confidence that voters will resist those who want to thwart the polls.

“Vandalism cannot stop voters from exercising their franchise. Our foreign friends have also recognized Bangladesh's election atmosphere as peaceful,” Quader, the road transport and bridges minister, told a press conference at the Awami League president's political office in Dhanmondi on Monday.

Quader said the BNP has decided to boycott the election on their own volition. “Why should they be persuaded to participate in the election?” 

Awami League is committed to transferring power from one elected government to the next, he added.

Regarding the distribution of seats among the parties in the 14-party alliance, he said the Awami League has no objection to nominating those who are qualified. 

Quader said the Awami League’s December 10 rally will not be held to counter the BNP’s program.

He said his party has the Election Commission’s permission to hold the rally, which will fall on Human Rights Day, adding that observing the day is a democratic right.

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