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Stop these disgraceful attacks on candidates

Update : 26 Apr 2015, 06:03 PM

We are appalled by the vicious assault on  Mahi B Chowdhury, the Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh-backed mayoral candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation.

The candidate’s car was attacked while he was returning home from a TV studio in the early hours of Sunday morning. Choudhury, his wife and driver were all injured in the incident and he suffered a serious injury to his eye.

It is unforgivable that anyone should be assaulted in this way. For a candidate to be targeted for attack so shortly after several recent incidents involving the motorcade of BNP chief, Khaleda Zia, shows a lamentable lapse in poll time security.

The government and Election Commission must act urgently to catch the culprits and completely stop all attempts to intimidate and harass candidates.

All citizens and politicians must be able to engage in campaigning free from fear and harassment.

It is incumbent on leaders and candidates in all political parties to unreservedly condemn these attacks and support the police in apprehending those responsible. The reported participation of AL supporters in obstructing the BNP chief’s vehicles is especially concerning and deserving of condemnation.

The  ruling party has to ensure the law applies equally to all and that there will be no hiding place for any of its supporters found to be involved in these disgraceful actions.

All parties must work together with the Election Commission to guarantee the law will be upheld and the election can proceed fairly without further incidents.

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