No step to ensure level-playing field: Mosharraf
BNP mayoral candidates for DSCC and DNCC Ishraque Hossain and Tabith Awal with senior leaders offer Munajat at the grave of party's founder Ziaur Rahman at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in Dhaka before their election campaign on Monday, while AL candidates Atiqul
Staff Reporter :
BNP Standing Committee Member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain has alleged that the Election Commission is not taking any steps to ensure a level-playing field centering of the polls to two Dhaka City Corporations.
He made this allegation while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman's grave along with the party's Dhaka north and south city polls candidate Tabith Awal and Ishraque Hossain.
He said, "As per the election code of conduct, using coloured posters and pasting those on walls is completely prohibited. But Awami League candidates are not adhering to it. The Election Commission is not taking any action either. This means a level-playing field is not being ensured."
"Election Commission will not be able to hold a fair and neutral election under a 'vote robber' government," he alleged.
The BNP leader said, "We have taken part in the polls as part of our movement for the restoration of democracy and having Khaleda Zia freed from jail."
Mosharraf Hossain said "The ruling party candidates are preventing our election campaign through attacks at different places. Our councillor candidates are being intimidated, their houses are being attacked and their loudspeakers are being snatched during campaign. It is very regrettable."
He urged the Election Commission to back off from its decision of using electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the city polls billed for January 30.
The BNP leader said their party's mayoral candidates and most of its supported councillor candidates will come out successful if the elections are held in a fair and neutral manner, and if voters can cast their votes without any fear and obstruction.