BNP to place complete package of proposals to EC

BNP to place complete package of proposals to EC

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Dhaka – The BNP during its dialogue with the Election Commission will place a total package of proposals for holding the 11th general elections in a free, fair and neutral manner.
“We will join the dialogue with the EC with a big team of party leaders. We will submit our views through a comprehensive written proposal. It will be a very comprehensive. I think it (proposal) will be considered as a milestone,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
“We will clearly talk about dissolution of Parliament, deployment of the army during the elections, measures to be taken by the administration after the announcement of election schedule. We will talk about problems in the Representation of People Order (RPO). Our proposal will also have details about the rules and regulations on vote and observers,” he said.
Mirza Alamgir was talking to reporters prior to meet party’s ailing standing committee member Tariqul Islam at his Shantinagar residence and talk to him about the topic they would discuss with the EC.
The BNP is scheduled to take part in the dialogue with the EC at 11:00 am on Sunday.
Mirza Alamgir alleged that the government is forcibly sending Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha to abroad.
“Now, it is clear to the entire nation that the government has taken all measures to send the Chief Justice abroad forcibly. It is also clear to all that the government is doing it to take the judiciary under its control fully…has already taken under control,” he alleged.
The BNP leader claimed that there is no possibility of holding a free election if the present government stays in power. He, however, said that if the EC discharges its duties properly, the election could be held in a free manner to “some extent.”
He said such a situation has been created that a change is needed.
The BNP leader said the amendment to the constitution brought by the ruling government itself questioned holding a free and fair election.
According to amendment, the parliament will not be dissolved. Then, how the election would b held in a free manner, he questioned.
“There is a tradition and assumption that free election could not be held if the army is not deployed. We have been talking about this and we will speak it at the dialogue also,” he said.
The EC started the dialogue with political parties and other stakeholders on July 31 to know their views and opinion about the next general elections likely to be held later next year.
Mirza Alamgir said a way for a free fair election should be unveiled and they are trying for it.
“WE are trying our level best to find out a way for a free fair election and we will continue it till last moment. So that we can take part in the polls and it is held in a free manner,” he said.
Replying to a question, he said they would not give the proposal for the election time supportive government but they would give a perception of it. “WE will give them an idea. The perception will be given and tell them there will be no fair election without it. The proposal will be given later on,” he added.
On issuance of arrest warrant against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, he alleged that it has been issued to prevent the party from taking part in the polls.
Later Tariqul Islam told reporters that the countrymen want to see holding a free and fair election. All political parties including BNP want to see it, he said.
Now, it depends on the government as to how it will take it up. We want to see holding a free, fair, neutral and peaceful election in the country. We are working aiming at this,” he added.
He criticized the government for arresting leaders and activists of opposition including BNP and Jamaat during the ongoing dialogue of the EC.
BNP joint secretary Habib-Un-Nabi Khan Sohel and chairperson’s press wing officer Shairul Kabir Khan were present on the occasion. – Staff Reporter

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