Opposition group rigid on polls date to be delayed by a month  
November 12th, 2018 at 10:01 pm
Opposition group rigid on polls date to be delayed by a month  

Dhaka – Bangladesh’s main opposition group Jatiya Oikya Front has still been sticking to its demand for the delay of the national election by a month despite the election commission deferred the voting date by seven days.

ASM Abdur Rob, spokesperson of the Front, said the alliance will soon announce an action programme to realize its demands.

He came up with the views after a meeting of the senior leaders of the opposition alliance at Dhaka’s Motijheel area.

The Election Commission on Monday announced that the voting in parliamentary election will be held on December 30. The commission earlier set the date for December 23.

The change in the election schedule came a day after the opposition alliance, which boycotted the 2014 general election, declared that it would join the polls.

The last date for submission of nomination papers has been fixed November 28, the CEC said.

Rob said the first day of the English New Year will be observed a day after December 30 and there would be no foreign diplomats to observe the election.

The government has taken the decision to hold the election on December 30 with an ill motive, he said.

It is still possible to announce a fresh schedule for the election if the government wants so, said Rob, also the president of a faction of the Jatiya Samjtantrik Dal.