AL asks EC not to buckle under pressure
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Published : Sunday, 9 December, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 332
The ruling Awami League has asked the Election Commission not to bow down to any form of pressure.
An AL delegation, led by Awami League Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, visited the EC HQs at Agargaon in the capital and gave the advice on Saturday.
BM Muzammel Haque and Mahmud Chowdhury Pramanik, Joint Secretary of the Awami League, were in the delegation.
The delegation went to the EC just after the EC announced that the decision on whether to allow BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to compete in the polls would be announced at 5:00pm.
The announcement was delivered after it heard an appeal from Khaleda Zia, who is currently serving time in prison, over the rejection of her nomination.
"The EC cannot go beyond the scope of the Constitution," Nanak told journalists on Khaleda's appeal. Asked why the delegation had come to the EC, he said, "The BNP, Oikya Front and Jamaat are trying to foil the election by making issues out of non-issues. The people of the country are outraged."
Nanak said, "The protests at the BNP HQs are a clear case of nomination trade. They are now
trying to create an issue out of it. We have asked the EC to be cautious."
Responding to a query, he dismissed allegations of government pressuring the EC. "It's fully cooperating with the Commission for free, fair and credible election."
Asked whether the Awami League has provided the list of candidates under the Grand Alliance it leads, he said they will submit it to the EC on Sunday.
He, however, declined to provide details about the candidates of the ruling party-led coalition.