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Dr Kamal: Low voter turnout ‘ominous sign’ for nation

  • Published at 07:50 pm February 4th, 2020
Dr Kamal Hossain
File photo: Jatiya Oikya Front Convener Dr Kamal Hossain addresses a discussion titled "The Need and Relevance of National Unity in Resolving the Election-Centric Crisis,"at the National Press Club on Friday, October 18, 2019 Focus Bangla

'They (two mayors-elects) cannot be called mayors elected with majority of the peoples’ votes'

Terming the low presence of voters in the recent city polls an “ominous sign” for the nation, Jatiya Oikya Front convener Dr Kamal Hossain has said the two mayors-elect of Dhaka South and North City Corporations were not elected by majority.

He made the statement while talking to journalists after a steering committee meeting of the alliance at his Motijheel chamber on Tuesday, reports UNB.

The veteran politician also alleged that the government had destroyed the entire election process with its “irresponsible and unconstitutional acts.”

“They (two mayors-elects) cannot be called mayors elected with majority of the peoples’ votes,” he said.

Dr Kamal, also the president of Gonoforum, in a written statement said the countrymen, including the young generation, have expressed their “no-confidence” in the government, the Election Commission and the election process in the recently-held Dhaka city polls.

“The mayors-elect received the verdict of only 5-7 percent people. The remaining results are made using fake votes through EVMs,” he observed.

The Oikya Front convener also said the country’s democracy, rule of law and the electoral system have been destroyed by the AL government, who do not want voters to go to the polling centres. 

He said people did not go to polling centres as they think this government cannot be changed with their votes. 

"It is an ominous sign both for the country and the nation.”

 Awami League’s candidates Fazle Noor Taposh and Atiqul Islam were elected mayors of Dhaka South and North City Corporations respectively in the elections held on Saturday last.

Dr Kamal also said people are losing interest in voting as an awful situation has been created in the country due to the government’s unconstitutional acts. 

“The country cannot be run this way. We must bring a change together with people.”

He said the people of Bangladesh never accepted autocracy and they will not do it now either as they are very conscious.

Replying to a question about the inaction of Jatiya Oikya Front leaders, he said they do politics depending on people who are the sources of power. 

“We will do whatever necessary to encourage people (taking to the streets). We will of course hold rallies, meetings and take out processions, if necessary, to bring a change together with people.”

He also said the people of the country had achieved their targets and brought positives changes in the past with united efforts. “There will be no exception to that this time, too.”

Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President ASM Abdur Rob, BNP Standing Committee Member Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Gonoforum Executive President Subrata Chowdhury, Presidium Member Mohsen Rashid and Gonoshasthya Kendra Founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury were present, among others.