BNP-led 20-party alliance has appealed to President Abdul Hamid to appoint a neutral person as the chief election commissioner ahead of the upcoming December 30 general election.
The alliance made the appeal after a meeting at BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan political office around 12:15pm.
“The incumbent CEC has not taken any steps even after he was informed about specific instances of attacks and intimidation on the opposition men by the ruling quarter ahead of the polls,” BNP Standing Committee member Nazrul Islam Khan said at a briefing after the meeting.
“Even, the CEC has spoken in favour of the attackers,” he alleged. Under such circumstances, it is necessary to replace him with a neutral person for the sake of holding a fair election, the BNP leader added.
The 20-party leaders also called upon the army to take necessary steps to ensure a free and fair election.
Claiming that there is no level playing field in the country at this moment, Nazrul Islam said, “the government and Election Commission had assured us of a fair election, but there is no visible sign of keeping their word”.
“We have noticed how Goyeshwar (BNP Dhaka-3 candidate Goyeshwar Chandra Roy) came under attack and how detectives detained Jhenidah-3 candidate and his wife despite all the assurances of level playing field,” he said.
Bringing allegation that the ruling quarter is not allowing the country’s democracy to move in its own course, the alliance leaders said alleged that the victims become the culprits while the attackers become innocent under the government tenure.
Awarded freedom fighters are also being attacked at different parts of the country, they also alleged.
Awami League acts only for the sake of the party, not in favour of the spirit of Liberation War, they added.