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1 January, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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expectations in 2018

People will ‘get back voting right’

Says BNP leader Amir Khasru
Staff Reporter
People will ‘get back voting 
right’

The restoration of the country’s election system and the people’s confidence would be the great challenges facing the Election Commission (EC) in 2018, said BNP standing committee member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury. The election system has been shattered and the people have lost their confidence in it, he said. The EC should restore the election system and regain the people’s confidence, he added.

In an exclusive interview with The Independent, he called upon the government to restore the country’s democracy and present an elected government as well as an elected Parliament. “Democracy will not be established in the country unless there is an elected Parliament and government,” he observed.

The former minister hoped that 2018 would be a year of democracy, with the restoration of human rights and voting rights and the rights to be safe and secure and establish the rule of law.

He said the government, too, has to hold the next general elections under an election-time supportive government by dissolving the present Parliament and allowing the armed forces to play their role to ensure a free, fair and acceptable election.

The next election must be held under a neutral administration, he reiterated.

The BNP leader said the armed forces should be included in the definition of law enforcers during the election so that they can play their due role to prevent capture of polling centres so that people can go to polling centres without fear.

He emphasised the need to ensure a level playing field from now on to create a congenial atmosphere for the next general elections, likely to be held in late 2018.

“A level playing field should be created from now on and it should be visible for the sake of holding free, fair and impartial elections. A level playing field should be maintained throughout the year,” he said. The BNP leader accused the government of losing all foreign friends and emphasised the need to immediately regain them.

He said the country’s economy was beset with corruption and financial institutions had been destroyed. “There is no longer a free market economy in the country—it has turned into a ‘partyarchy’,” he alleged.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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