Tension has grown between the ruling Awami League and Election Commission over MPs participation in the Dhaka city polls campaign.
A 19-day election campaign for the two Dhaka city corporations polls officially began yesterday with the ruling party candidates pledging to continue the ongoing development work in the capital.
“Very important” persons like ministers and lawmakers cannot take part in election activities and campaign ahead of the Dhaka city corporation polls, Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukder says.
The ruling Awami League nominates Atiqul Islam and Fazle Noor Taposh as its mayoral candidates for the upcoming elections to Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) respectively.
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda says they will not use Electronic Voting Machines or EVMs in polls to the two Dhaka city corporations if everybody wants.
Overwhelmed by the vociferous postmortem of the city corporation polls, two footfalls on the cityscape have gone unnoticed, unappreciated, as though coming and going on stealth.
The ultimate tragedy will strike if people become withdrawn. It will no longer matter who wins or loses any of the many elections.
The EC's tilt was no less pronounced on the eve of and on the day of the elections. Press reports, photographs and narratives of many involved in the election administration process have amply established its culpability in undermining fair election.