Dhaka – Election Commissioner Md Shah Nawaz on Monday said the Election Commission is bound to conduct the national election in accordance with the law even all political parties do not take part in it.
“The Election Commission has to arrange the next parliamentary elections by January 24 under any circumstances,” he said while talking to reporters at his office.
According to the Constitution, he said “We’ve to hold elections in time. But we hope for the best. We expect that all political parties will join.”
The Election Commissioner however expressed his optimism that all registered political parties would participate in the polls. “The elections will be fair if all political parties join the polls,” he added.
Shah Nawaz said though the opposition announced to resist the forthcoming election, we do hope that they would take part in the polls for the greater interest of the people.
“There is much time left for the election. We will take appropriate measures in all affairs including maintaining law and order in line with the situation,” he added.
Turning to controversial BNF which has applied for having registered with the EC, he said they would not give registration to the party if it fails to fulfill registration requirements.
He said the EC has not yet got the investigation report. “We’ll take the decision in this regard once the investigation report is in hand.”
Referring to some media reports, he said, “It’s a blatant lie that we’ve given the party the third chance to fulfill registration conditions. It was given the second chance as it got aggrieved at the investigation reports sent by the EC field-level officials.”
“Following the BNF’s objection, the EC formed committees headed by Additional Deputy Commissioners to reinvestigate the matter,” he added.
The main opposition, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), is opposition the registration of BNF as it applied to the EC for getting registered using BNP’s logo, Ziaur Rahman’s portrait and his 19-point programme and sheaf of wheat as election symbol which looks like BNP’s symbol sheaf of paddy. – Staff Reporter