Adarsha Dhaka Andolan calls polls farce, urges EC to resign

Adarsha Dhaka Andolan calls polls farce, urges EC to resign

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Terming the Tuesday’s city polls farce, Adarsha Dhaka Andolon, a pro BNP group on Wednesday demanded thaka he cancellation of city polls in Dhaka and Chittagong and resignation of Election Commisison.
Prof Emaj Uddin Ahmed, convenor of the organisation made the demand at a press conference at Jatiya Press Club a day after the polls.Prof Emajuddin, also a former vice chancellor of Dhaka University, said the polls only can be copmpared with the Janaury 5 election and it has not been acceptable to the people in any way.
“We have demanded the resignation of the Election Commisison for the sake of national interests,” he added.
Shawkat Mahmud, member secretary of the organisation termed the three city polls as a great scandal in the annals of the nation.
“The entire process of the polls has turned into a garbage due to arbitrariness of the Election Commisison, administration, law enforcing agencies, and ruling party cadres—Chhatra League and Juba League,” he said.
He said they have already rejected the farcical polls and demanded the resignation of the entire Election Commisison after canceling the polls.
“We hoped that the EC would hold the polls in a free and fair manner but they simply put the light of our hopes, he said.
He alleged that in 90 per cent of the polling stations their nominated polling agents were not allowed to enter.
Shawkat Mahmud rejected the ruling party allegation that their election boycott was pre-planned saying that if it was true party chairperons Khaleda Zia would not have participated in the electioneering taking risk of her life.
He said it has now been cleared that the national election cannot be held under Sheikh Hasina government as city polls could not hold a free and fair polls keeping when she was the government executive.
Prof Mahbub Ullah, journalist Mahfuzulla, poet Abdul Hye Sikder, Jahangir Alam Prodhan, among others, were present on the occasion. – Staff Reporter

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