Election Commission Secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed has said that military will be deployed ahead of the national election. “Army and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will be deployed two to three or seven to 10 days before the election,” he said. Helal Uddin Ahmed said this while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of a day-long workshop for the assistant returning officers ahead of the election held at the Election Commission Secretariat at Agargaon in the city on Thursday.
All the alliance partners of the Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront have decided to contest the upcoming general election with the symbol of sheaf of paddy (election symbol of BNP). Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna came up with the announcement on Thursday after a meeting of the alliance leaders at Dr Kamal Hossain’s Motijheel chamber. Manna said, “We held a meeting today where we reached a decision that the Jatiya Oikyafront will contest the election with a common election symbol and this common symbol is the Sheaf of Paddy.” About Wednesday’s clash between police and BNP activists at Nayapaltan, he said the incident took place due to government provocations. He alleged that the government wants Oikyafront not to join the election, but they will go to the polls braving all the odds and obstacles. The Oikyafront leader also said they will continue to press their demand for delaying the election.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged everybody to work together for upholding the country’s dignity and making it a poverty- and hunger-free nation. The prime minister made the call while inaugurating the newly built State Toshakhana Museum or state depository near Bangabandhu Military Museum at Bijoy Sarani on Thursday. “Bangabandhu has not only given us independence, but also dignity. We have to uphold the dignity,” Sheikh Hasina said. The prime minister said during her government over the last 10 years the living condition of the people has been improved. We want to improve their living quality further,” she said. “We are aspiring to celebrate the golden jubilee of independence through freeing the country from poverty and hunger and Bangladesh would be a developed nation by 2041,” she said. The five-storey modern state depository with 50,000 square feet area was constructed under the supervision of Bangladesh Army at a cost of about Taka 80 crore. All gifts received by the President, Prime Minister, ministers and officials in their official capacity should be deposited to the Toshakhana under the supervision and maintenance of the Cabinet Division. Army Chief General Aziz Ahmed, PM’s Principal Secretary Md. Nozibur Rahman, PM’s Military Secretary Major General Mia Muhammad Joynul Abedin and Engineering Chief of Bangladesh Army Major General Siddiqur Rahman Sarkar also spoke on the occasion. Bangabandhu’s younger daughter Sheikh Rehana, cabinet members, PM’s advisors, members of diplomatic corps, chiefs of the three services and senior civil and military officials attended the function chaired by Cabinet Secretary Md. Shafiul Alam. Laying importance on proper preservation of the all gifts received by the state dignitaries at home and abroad, the prime minister said all those gifts are state property and carry dignity and honour. So those gifts should be properly preserved, she said. Sheikh Hasina lamented that many gifts, documents inscribed with her name and ‘boat’ (election symbol of Awami League) and many rare photographs were destroyed during the BNP-Jamaat regime. The prime minister thanked the officials of the cabinet division, defense ministry and Bangladesh Army for their sincere work to complete the construction of the museum ahead of the schedule. After liberation Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had taken initiative to establish a Toshakhana for preservation of the gifts received at home and abroad. Under his direction Toshakana (maintenance and administration) Rules 1974 was formulated and the Toshakhana was established at Bangabhaban. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina felt the necessity of a separate building for the state Toshakhana and under her direction an aesthetic building has been built for State Toshakhana beside Bangabandhu Military Museum where the state gifts shall be preserved for public display.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “Whether the Jatiya Oikyafront will participate in the upcoming parliamentary election or not is totally depending on the attitude of the Election Commission (EC) and the government.” The BNP leader came up with the comment while briefing reporters after a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the capital's Agargaon on Wednesday evening. “We have asked the Commission to defer the polls by three weeks,” Fakhrul said.
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda has said that there is no scope to defer the upcoming 11th national elections from its latest scheduled date. The CEC made the assertion while addressing a programme of returning officers in capital’s Agargaon on Tuesday. He said, “The Ijtema is scheduled to start on January 11. The government will remain busy at that time. Besides, there is a programme of Christian community. So, December 30 is proper time for election.” Following the announcement of Jatiya Oikya Front, CEC said, “We are happy as all the political parties are going to join the polls.” KM Nurul Huda said, “New history will be created. A stable situation will be created through the election will be held under the existing parliament. Four election commissioners and EC secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed attended the function.
Jatiya Oikyafront (JOF) will hold meetings with the Election Commission (EC) and press editors to discuss their demand of deferring the date of the upcoming 11th general election scheduled by EC.” JOF spokesperson, also secretary general of BNP, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came told this the reporters after a meeting with the alliance’s top leaders on Tuesday noon. The meeting was held at the chamber of Gono Forum president Dr Kamal Hossain, also main leader of JOF, at the capital’s Motijheel. Mirza Fakhrul said, “A delegation led by Dr Kamal Hossain will go to EC at12:00pm on Wednesday with their demand of deferring polls. Apart from this, we will also hold a meeting with print media editors over the issue on November 16.” “The EC is completely unsuccessful to hold a fair election. They did not have talks or exchange views with political parties over conducting polls or schedule as they are not reluctant to arranging fair polls,” he added.
The Election Commission (EC) has asked police to take steps to prevent all types of processions and showdown while collecting, submitting nomination papers at party offices and offices of returning officers.. A letter in this regard signed by EC joint secretary of polls management division was sent to Inspector General of Police (IGP) on Tuesday. EC asked IGP to take proper steps to ensure election code of conduct. Nomination papers could be submitted to EC till November 28.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has bought a nomination form for Khaleda to contest the polls from Feni-1 while BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan has collected another form for her for Bogura-6 constituency. The two BNP leaders collected the nomination forms from BNP's Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at the party’s headquarters in Dhaka’s Naya Paltan on Monday. The sale of nomination papers began officially at 10:45 am with the purchase of two nomination papers. BNP leader Mirza Abbas will buy another form for Khaleda Zia to contest the polls from Bogura-6 constituency. BNP Vice Chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo, Mohammad Shahjahan, BNP Chairperson’s advisor Zaynul Abedin Faruk, Senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Dhaka Divisional joint secretary Fazlul Haque Milon and others attended the function.
Following the demand of several political parties, the Election Commission has deferred the 11th parliamentary elections by a week to December 30. The Chief Election Commissioner K M Nurul Huda made the announcement after inaugurating an exhibition of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in Dhaka’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Monday noon. Meanwhile, he also said, the commission has extended the nomination filing deadline to November 28. Earlier on November 8, the CEC announced that the 11th parliamentary elections will be held on December 23 and the last date for submission of nomination papers is November 19.
Country's most popular cricketer Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has collected nomination form to contest the upcoming 11th general election. Mashrafe bought the form on Sunday for his constituency, Narail-2, from the Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader at the office of party president in Dhanmondi. Meanwhile, Awami League Joint Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Dr Dipu Moni attended the party office. After taking the nomination form Mashrafe said, “Ensuring victory of the Boat, I want to decorate Narail as a beautiful modern city.”
Eight parties including BNP will contest in the upcoming 11th general election with BNP’s polls-symbol ‘sheaf of paddy’. The opposition alliance wrote to the Election Commission (EC) on Sunday, confirming their participation in the election and choice of symbol. A delegation led by Bijon Kanti Sarker, an adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, handed over the letter to the commission in person. The parties are: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Kalyan Party, Bangladesh Jatiya Party, Khelafat Majlish, Jatiya Ganatantrik Party, Bangladesh Mushlim League and Jamaat Islami Andolon.
The Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) has said that nearly all the parties are requesting to defer the parliamentary polls date. Decision will be taken whether it will be deferred. In reply to a query, the CEC told this to the reporters while emerging from Nirbachan Bhaban on Sunday evening.