The BNP has demanded reforms in existing Election Commission (EC), commenting that the commission has failed to conduct the Khulna city polls fairly.
“The EC is not eligible to hold a fair election. We have repeatedly said that we want the resignation of the chief election commissioner and reformation of the EC,” said BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
On Thursday, Fakhrul reiterated the party’s stance on the Election Commission in a meeting of the party.
“It failed to hold a city corporation election fairly. How will it conduct the national polls?,” said the senior BNP leader.
He referred to newspaper articles that claimed that there were irregularities in some poll centers in the KCC polls.
Fakhrul added that the Khulna polls proved that elections would never be fair under the government.
On Tuesday, Awami League candidate Talukdar Abdul Khalek won the election by defeating the BNP-backed candidate Nazrul Islam Manju.
A day after the polls, Fakhrul dismissed the election system as ‘farcical’ and demanded reforms to the EC.
Following the polls, BNP rejected the outcome of the elections and demanded the resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner.
Awami League on the other hand, said the election was fair. The Election Commission officials had called of polls in three election centers during the polls and said in its official report that the election was a milestone for peaceful polls.