The general election will take place between 8am and 4pm on Sunday
Jatiya Oikya Front chief Dr Kamal Hossain on Saturday urged the Election Commission and officials on election duty to ensure a peaceful environment so people can vote freely in today’s national polls.
Dr Kamal said: "Returning officers, assistant returning officers and others involved in election activities are respected people. If you discharge your duties properly, it will increase your dignity. The success of your duties will be determined by the smiles on the faces of the voters."
"If you take away anyone's right, remember that someone else may take away the right of your father, mother, wife and children. If you do this, people, history and the law will not forgive you," Dr Kamal added.
Addressing a press briefing held at the Dhaka Reporters' Unity in Segunbagicha, Dhaka, he also urged young voters to go to polling stations in time to exercise their franchise, reports UNB.
"I urge the respected voters to please go to polling stations in the morning and cast your votes. Donot be afraid. If you go (to voting centres), miscreants will flee... they can't overpower the people's strength," Dr Kamal said.
Claiming that people are in fear and are apprehensive about the election, Dr Kamal said this needs to cease.
"Now is the time for festivity, but there is fear and apprehension in the public mind," he said.
The success of your duties will be determined by the smile on the faces of the voters."
The Oikya Front chief also urged the young voters to go to polling stations in time to exercise their franchise. "Keep in mind you're finished if you fear, you're Bangladeshi if you resist."
The 11th national election of the country is set to be held from 8 am to 4 pm today without a break amid tight security.
Dr Kamal, also the president of Gono Forum, called upon the government officials not to deprive people, the country's owners, of the joy of voting. "You don't belong to any party as you are service providers to the people. Do not carry out any illegal orders."
He urged the Armed Forces and other law enforcement agencies, including the BGB, police, Rab, Ansar, VDP and Coast Guard, to play a glorious role as they did in the past.
"Your role in maintaining peace is acclaimed all over the world and it has created many scopes for you across the globe. Remain alert so that it can't be harmed under any circumstance."
"Let us cast our votes. Your vote is very valuable as you're the owners of the country," the Gono Forum chief added.
No election boycott, no rift
When asked if they would boycott the election halfway through, Dr Kamal said, "My clear answer is we won't stay aside from the polls in any way."
Over expectations of the election results, he said they firmly believe that people will cast their votes in their favor as they want a change. "We'll surely win if there's no anomaly in the election."
Replying to a question, the Oikya Front chief said there is no question of any division in their alliance. "Rather, our unity has got furtherconsolidated."
BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan, Gono Forum executive president Subrata Chowdhury, General Secretary Mostafa Mohsin Montu, and Gonoshasthya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury among others, were present at the conference.
After the conference Dr Kamal briefed foreign jurists and local representatives of different foreign media, and told them about the election situation and the position of their alliance.