BNP says ‘unilateral EC roadmap won’t settle pol impasse’

BNP says ‘unilateral EC roadmap won’t settle pol impasse’

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Dhaka – The BNP yesterday observed that the “unilateral roadmap” of the Election Commission and its effort for next general election would not settle the prevailing political impasse.“The roadmap has been prepared without discussion with any stakeholders. It will not solve the prevailing political impasse,” said BNP secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at a press conference at the party’s headquarters at Naya Paltan in the city.
His comments came up with party’s reaction hours after Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda announced a roadmap to hold the next general elections in a peaceful manner.
“The roadmap is not a major concern for the BNP. We are concerned over how the next general election will be held and what role will be played by the government and the EC,” he said.
Mirza Alamgir further said there should be road but are not seeing any road and question of map come later.
He stressed the need for polls-time supportive government saying that holding dialogue over the issue is more important than the roadmap.
The BNP leader said an election-time supportive government is needed for holding a free and fair election. “Thus, it is most important at this time to hold discussion on formation of the supportive government,” he said.
He however praised the CEC’s move to hold the next general election in a free and fair manner and expressed disappointment over the government’s attitude to the opposition political parties.
Earlier, announcing the roadmap, CEC Nurul Huda expressed his hope that they would be able to keep the voting free from influence.
Mirza Alamgir however said they would give a formal reaction later on in discussion with the senior party leaders.
The BNP that had boycotted the January 5, 2014 elections, does not want holding of the election keeping the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led government in power.
The BNP leader regretted that they do not get permission to hold a rally.
He said it should be looked after first whether there is a congenial atmosphere for the polls. He also questioned the disclosing the road map by the EC at this moment.
“We cannot arrange any political meeting, procession or discussion. Is there any electoral atmosphere in the country? We will have to think about it first,” he said.
He said the BNP wants to participate in the elections through a major reform to the democratic and systematic tools of the country. – Staff Reporter

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