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14-party: Returning officers were not called to PMO

  • Published at 12:54 am November 24th, 2018
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A team led by Bangladesher Samyabadi Dal General Secretary Dilip Barua delivered the letter to the Election Commission Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

In a written complaint, the 14-party alliance strongly denied and condemned the allegation that the prime minister recently held a meeting with returning officers

In a letter to the Election Commission, the ruling party-led alliance has strongly denied the allegation that returning officers had been briefed at the Prime Minister’s Office after announcement of the election schedule.

In a written complaint, the 14-party alliance strongly denied and condemned the allegation that the prime minister recently held a meeting with returning officers and urged the commission to take action against the BNP and Jatiya Oikya Front for spreading falsehood and rumors.

The letter further read that the BNP and Jatiya Oikya Front are engaged in a conspiracy to create doubt over the integrity of Election Commission and its officials, with the end goal of foiling the upcoming election.

A delegation from the 14-party alliance submitted the complaint to the Election Commission against the BNP and Jatiya Oikya Front over violation of electoral rules and regulations on Friday.

A team led by Bangladesher Samyabadi Dal General Secretary Dilip Barua delivered the letter to Election Commissioner Rafiqul Islam.

Last Tuesday, BNP submitted five letters to the commission. One of those alleged that returning officers have been briefed at the Prime Minister’s Office to play a role on behalf of the ruling party in the upcoming general elections.

The letter said that on October 13, following the announcement of the election schedule, returning officers were called to the capital by the Election Commission for a briefing.

“Trusted sources have said that there, they were briefed on various issues in order to play a positive role on behalf of the ruling party in the coming 11th general elections,” it claimed.

BNP said calling returning officers to the Prime Minister’s Office was a clear violation of the Representation of the People Order and a punishable offence. It asked the Election Commission to take legal action against those involved in the act.

Later that day the Election Commission announced that it will be sending a letter to all concerned divisions of the government instructing them not to call returning officers for any meeting.