Dhaka – The ruling Awami League party on Wednesday suggested introduction of electronic voting machines to check fraudulence and falsification in elections.
The party made the recommendation at a dialogue organised by the election commission aiming at holding the next general election, due by the end of next year, in a free, fair and peaceful manner.
A 21-member delegation of the party led by Obaidul Quader, general secretary of the AL, put forwards a set of 11-point suggestions to the election commission during the meeting.
Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda and his deputies at the quasi judicial body – Mahbub Talukdar, Md. Rafiqul Islam, Kabita Khanam and Brigadier General (Retd) Shahadat Hossain Chowdhury represented the commission side.
The CEC lauded the Awami League’s role in Bangladeshi politics and sough cooperation from the party in credible holding of the polls.
AL general secretary Obaidul Quader briefed media after the meeting. He said his party proposed introduction of EVM system for ensuring the right to franchise of all people as modern democracies follow the system.
The party proposed deployment of law enforcement agencies at every constituency after the declaration of election schedule to be declared by the commission.
The deployment of army troops along with law enforcement agencies is conflicting with the constitution, Quader said.
The AL leader urged the commission to move cautiously over the issue of re-delimitation of the parliamentary constituencies. He added the party also proposed submission of the list of polling agents along with their pictures and national identity cards to the presiding officers and assistant presiding officers.
Use of black money and muscle power must be stopped, the party demanded.
Local and foreign election monitors should be appointed maintaining the highest transparency and caution, it added.
Senior AL leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Matia Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Mohammad Nasim, HT Imam, Mashiur Rahman, Abdur Razzak, Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Muhammad Faruk Khan, Ramesh Chandra Sen, Mohammad Jamir, Rashidul Alam, Mahabub-ul-Alam Hanif, Dipu Moni, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Abdur Rahman, HN Ashiqur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Abdus Sobhan Golap and Advocate ABM Riazul Kabir Kawsar attended the meeting.
The election commission began the dialogue with political parties on August 24 for credible holding of the next general elections. The commission, so far, held talks with 37 parties.