Published:  02:48 AM, 12 February 2019

Politics enters a new phase

With the opposition Jatiya Oikya Front opting to file cases against vote rigging in the December 30 election in 64 districts in support of this demand for fresh election, politics in Bangladesh has entered a new era. AL leaders have hailed the move but rejected the plea.

JOF top bosses not only claim the election stained with massive rigging but also demand fresh election under a non-partisan government in order to accelerate democratic practice for the greater interest of the country.

Jatiya Oikya Front chief Dr. Kamal Hossain and BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman have asked the contesting candidates of 11th parliamentary election to lodge cases in their own district election tribunal with authentic evidences and documents by February 15.

The opposition alliance has decided to file cases in 64 district tribunal courts throughout the country as part of its movement with a view to forcing the government to rescind the polls and to arrange a fresh parliamentary election under a neutral government.

The opposition alliance leaders say that according to election rules, the counterfoil of ballot papers is supposed to be signed or given thumb impression by every voter who casts his vote and the result sheet of every polling centre is to signed by the polling agents or contesting candidates. But the counterfoils of ballot papers and result sheet without counter signatures are not to be considered valid.

Regarding the preparation of the opposition alliance, the Election Commission Secretary Helauddin Ahmad has told The Asian Age that the contestants of different political parties have the right to go to the court to defend their points.

If the opposition alliance leaders consider the 11th parliamentary election was faulty, they can lodge cases with the election tribunal. The Election Commission will play its role as per law in case the tribunal seeks EC's explanation.

About the effort to be initiated by the opposition alliance, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said JOF or BNP has no job except making complaints and looking cases. They have the right to lodge cases against election results. He hailed the way the opposition is going to take in the days to come.

AL central leader Mahbubul Alam Hanif sought to know, "Can they present any evidence of rigging? Can they show any evidence of any booth being captured by force or anyone casting vote fraudulently? They can not present any evidence in support of their charges. Yet, they are claiming that votes have been rigged."

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