The party says recent arrests are hindering the party in its appointment of poll agents
BNP leaders claim law enforcement agencies are detaining and filing cases against their potential polling agents to help the rulingAwami League rig the upcoming general election.
Polling agents are appointed by candidates to oversee voting and the vote count at polling centres.
BNP activists claim individuals from the party’s polling agent list for the previous city corporation elections have been arrested, while police are also detaining BNP activists from lists provided by local Awami League leaders.
Additionally, two intelligence agencies have reportedly been collecting detailed information about leaders and activists who live in areas close to the voting centres.
“It is only natural that we will have difficulty appointing polling agents,” BNP Standing Committee Member Khandker Mosharraf Hossain said. “The people have seen how our agents have been arrested during previous local government polls.”
BNP leaders say that in the past 20 days, more than 500 party activists have been detained even though the party was given assurances during talks with the prime minister that there would be no political cases or further harassment.
On Wednesday, BNP gave the commission a list of 529 activists, including five nomination-aspirants, whom it claims have been arrested by law enforcement.
Sources say charge sheets have been filed for old cases against BNP activists in various parts of the country.
Many nomination-seekers, who came to Dhaka for party interviews, have said that law enforcement is targeting them. The party has filed several complaints with the Election Commission.