Dhaka, Bangladesh
Oikya Front demands fresh election

Oikya Front demands fresh election

News Desk Rejecting the results of Sunday’s polls, Jatiya Oikya Front demanded a fresh election under a nonparty caretaker government. Declare the vote void and call a fresh poll under a nonparty government, Dr Kamal Hossain, the convener of the BNP-dominated greater opposition coalition, said at a post-poll press conference, thereby reverting to their longstanding demand. The jurist-politician came up with the plea at a press conference at his Bailey Road residence after a meeting of the Oikya Front leaders over the state of national elections just held Sunday that gave them few seats in parliament. He said the news of 'vote robbery' in a similar fashion reached them from almost all the constituencies. "As a result, over 100 candidates of different parties boycotted the election.” He added: "Under the circumstances, we urge the Election Commission to immediately cancel the election of mockery. We reject the so-called results and demand a fresh election under a nonparty caretaker government." Asked what they may do if the Election Commission does not accept their demand, Dr Kamal said their alliance leaders will work out their next course of action at a meeting today (Monday”. "Our ongoing movement for giving democracy an institutional shape will continue. "We'll let you know elaborately about it tomorrow (Monday)." Replying to a question what will be their position if some candidates of their alliance come out successful in the election, BNP secretary-general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, "We're turning down the entire election. This is not an election--it's a cruel mockery with democracy." He said their steering committee will work out their future course of action today. "Today (Sunday) we're only giving our immediate reaction over the election." Responding to another question, Fakhrul said the 11th national election proved that BNP's decision of boycotting the 2014 polls was right. "There's no mistake in 2014." The BNP leader said this election has also manifested that fair election is in no way possible under a partisan government. Apart from Kamal and Fakhrul, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) president ASM Abdur Rob, Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, Gano Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury and general secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu were among others present at the meeting. Earlier, accusing ruling-party men of stuffing ballot boxes overnight well before the start of voting, Dr Kamal Hossian Sunday voiced concern over the holding of the election. He came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after casting his vote at Viqarunnisa Noon School centre in the morning. "Reports have it from outside Dhaka that votes have been cast overnight unlawfully depriving the voters of their right which is very disturbing," he said. "Millions of lives had been laid down in 1971 and thereafter in the Liberation War and different democratic movements for establishing the voting right," Kamal said. Through casting votes, he said, people exercise their rights to the state. Dr Kamal said there are around 160 million people in Bangladesh who canot directly govern the country. "They've to govern through their elected representatives. This is the critical importance of the election," he added. "We're getting phone calls from different places of stuffing ballot boxes overnight which is shocking. This is the betrayal with the martyrs and Bangabnadhu," said Dr Kamal, reports UNB.

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