04:37 PM, December 23, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 06:10 PM, December 23, 2018

No congenial atmosphere for fair polls: Manna

Jatiya Oikyafront’s candidate for Bogura-2 constituency Mahmudur Rahman Manna today alleged that the present atmosphere in the country is not congenial for a free and fair general election.

Manna, also the convener of Nagorik Oikya, a component of Jatiya Oikyafront, came up with the remark this afternoon after handing over a letter to Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda at his commission office, complaining over the ongoing spree of arrest and filing of cases against the opposition leaders and activists in his constituency and across the country.

Many opposition leaders and activists, including some candidates in the upcoming December 30 polls, have been arrested so far by the law enforcers across the country, Manna said.

This is not a congenial atmosphere for holding a free and fair election considering the way the opposition men are being intimidated through arrests and filing of arbitrary cases, he said.

The international community including the United Nations is worried about the ongoing political situation in the country and the credibility of the December 30 election, Manna also said.

“If the election is held amid such scenario, it will be a lopsided one, which is tantamount to snatching the ballots and polls result,” he also said, adding that the countrymen will never accept this and the responsibility will have to be taken by the ruling quarter.

Referring to the Election Commission, Manna said the EC seems to have turned a deaf ear to the voices of the opposition.

“The commission has been informed all about how the opposition leaders and activists are being oppressed and intimidated across the country, but it has so far done nothing to resolve the crisis,” he said.  

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