The 11-point proposal placed by ruling Awami League before the Election Commission for fair polls has been termed as “unconducive” by BNP.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi came up with the observation while speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office on Friday.
“Awami-League’s proposals are not conducive to democracy and a credible election,” said Rizvi.
“The proposals were made with a trick to control the election, the media, and election observers and to manipulate the results which completely go against public opinion,” he added.
Earlier, on October 18, Awami League placed an 11-point proposal, including introduction of the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs), for holding the next general election in a credible manner.
Terming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as “the major obstacle to the election” Rizvi, said, “People want the election to be held under a non-party neutral administration. In their dialogue, Awami couldn’t send out a good message to people as they opposed the election-time neutral government.”
The senior BNP leader also urged the Election Commission to take proper steps for holding a credible and competitive election with the participation of all parties.
Warning the EC, Rizvi said that it will be tantamount to betraying people if the Commission arranges another Januray-5, 2014 like general election.
Talking about EVM, Rizvi said that most of the parties that took part in the discussion with the CEC have opposed the EVM use in the general election.
The BNP leader also said Awami doesn’t want army to be deployed with magistracy power as the party has an intention to resort to violence, and terrorism and snatch ballot boxes during the polls.
“It won’t be possible to contain terrorism during voting without giving army the magistracy power.”