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expectations in 2018

Future depends on AL-BNP consensus

Says ex-EC commissioner Sakhawat
Staff Reporter
Future depends 
on AL-BNP 
consensus

The future of Bangladesh will depend on the behaviour of the two main political parties—Awami League and BNP—in the coming years, former election commissioner Brig. Gen. (retired) Sakhawat Hossain told The Independent. “What has happened in the past is over. Now, the people expect the ruling and opposition parties to reach a consensus on a minimum acceptable stance to hold a free, fair and acceptable election in the country,” he added.

The former poll monitor said there was a need for talks between the two arch rivals to end the political impasse. “A dialogue is required at a certain level, but it is not necessary that it should be held at the top level,” he added.

He expressed hope that the country will witness a fair election in 2018. “Everyone expects an end to the prevailing political impasse and the holding of a free, fair and acceptable election,” he said.

At the same time, Hossain, who is also a leading civil society member, said a free and fair election was not possible only through the Election Commission. “It requires the contribution of all, including the government, political parties and civil society people. They should all work to create a congenial atmosphere for holding free and fair polls,” he noted.

He, however, said that holding such elections, particularly the parliamentary polls, depended on the government’s goodwill.

“The onus is on the government to create a level playing field not only after the nouncement of the poll schedule, but throughout the year,” he added.

Hossain said it was under the EC’s jurisdiction to decide whether to deploy the Army during the national polls and what would be their responsibilities.

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