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EVM should not be used hastily, polls on time

Published : Thursday, 6 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 505

The Prime Minister has clarified and also reaffirmed at last Sunday's Press Conference that Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) should not be used hastily. Moreover, she has promised of a free, fair and credible national election, slated to be held in this year's December. It is only good that having studied the pros and cons of the electronic technology she has made such an astute decision.

Simultaneously, it is after a long time that the BNP was positively able to organise a political rally without much let or hindrance. While the large gathering at the BNP rally was impressive, we are somewhat disappointed by the message BNP delivered last Saturday by way of the six preconditions for participating in the forthcoming general election. It appears that the largest political opposition party of the country had drawn no lesson from its boycotting of the 2014 elections, which has left it sidelined as a political party. In the last four years BNP has offered little constructive changes to the people apart from shelling anti-government rhetoric and preconditions.

However, there is no longer any confusion left about the December national polls. That said -- BNP's strategy should be positioned on positives rather than negatives, on visions for the future rather than a narrow partisan focus. Boycotting general election by a leading political party can never be an option for resolving any form of political disputes. If it is actually a pro-people party it must prove it by participating in the battle of ballot boxes.

Also we expect not only the BNP, but all opposition fractions to be more substantive in terms of lodging accusations against the government. Where as many of them painted a picture of a prevailing organised chaos in the country -- following a nosedive in the government's popularity rate -- a Washington based organisation's survey revealed a completely different political reality. It said, a staggering 62 per cent  people believe the country is going ahead on the right path, and as many as 69 per cent  people are satisfied with the current state of the economy.
   
The country or the people for that matter do not call for a fresh spate of unwarranted political instability in the country. And as much as the government, the main political opposition fractions have a similar role for ensuring free, fair and credible national polls. Lastly, regarding holding of the national polls, the PM has clearly put the ball in BNP's court -- the country expects them to play it in a fair and a politically correct manner.



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