The newly formed alliance has inaugurated its office in Dhaka
Political platform Jatiya Oikya Front will release its manifesto for the 11th general election, slated for December 30 on Saturday.
The platform’s chief Dr Kamal Hossain made the announcement after the inauguration of the Oikya Front office in Dhaka’s Purana Paltan on Wednesday.
“This time, the onus is on the people to make the upcoming election fair. This election is very crucial for the country. People will be able to take back the ownership of the state by making this election free and fair,” he said.
“People have a positive mindset about this election. They are eagerly waiting to vote in a free, fair and neutral environment. A historical moment can be made by ensuring voting rights of the people,”
Alleging that the Election Commission and law enforcement agencies were not playing fair, the eminent jurist said the ruling party candidates had been violating the electoral code of conduct frequently and police were detaining the opposition leaders and activists.
“The electoral code of conduct must be highlighted by the media in front of the nation. Journalists should play important role as the guard for free and fair elections,” he added.
Dr Kamal said the Awami League did not expect the opposition parties to forge a strong platform that could challenge the ruling alliance.
“The moment we [Jatiya Oikya Front] decided to contest the polls, all the plans the Awami League had made before fell apart since they were hoping to hold a 2014-style election with no strong opposition,” he said.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rab) President ASM Abdur Rab, BNP Vice-Chairman Barkatullah Bulu, Gono Forum General Secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, Nagorik Oikya Convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Jatiya Oikya Prokriya leader Sultan Mohammad Mansur, economist Dr Reza Kibria, were, among others, present at the time.