Election-time govt may deepen crisis, says BNP  
January 13th, 2018 at 7:05 pm
Election-time govt may deepen crisis, says BNP  

Dhaka – Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party has rejected the Prime Minister’s idea of a poll-time administration to oversee the holding of the next general election at the end of this year.

The party, which boycotted the 2014 general election and remain as opposition party outside parliament, also predicted that such administration would deepen the ongoing political crisis.

The BNP boycotted the 2014 election demanding a non-party caretaker administration and attempted to foil the polls resulting in violence in many parts of the country. Many people were killed in the violence.

The party’s Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said there was no clear provision in the constitution over an election-time administration.

“Election under a partisan government without dissolving parliament will hardly be free and fair,” Fakhrul told a news conference arranged to react over the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s remarks.

Hasina on Friday in a nationwide televised speech said the election would be held at the end of the year as per the constitutional provision. She said there would be an election-time government to assist the election commission to conduct the parliamentary polls.

She said the election commission has by this time earned people’s confidence by holding a number of local elections.

In reaction to the Prime Minister’s offer, the BNP leader suggested the ruling party to take an initiative for holding dialogue with all stakeholders.