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Mon, Feb 24, 2020 5:05

EC failed to hold fair elections: Shujan

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After the 11th national polls of December 2018, Election Commission has once again failed to prove its ability to conduct Dhaka North and South city polls in a free and fair manner, said Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan).

After the 11th national polls of December 2018, Election Commission has once again failed to prove its ability to conduct Dhaka North and South city polls in a free and fair manner, said Shushashoner Jonno Nagorik (Shujan).

Shujan, a civil society platform for good governance, made the observation at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) in the capital on Monday.

The press briefing was held to publish an evaluation of the election and a report of the personal information of the winning candidates.

Reading out a written statement, Dilip Kumar Sarker, central coordinator of Shujan, said the recently held Dhaka North and South city corporation elections were "controlled."

Election Commission also could not rest fears of voters concerning the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Rather the commission has led to the breakdown of the electoral system, Shujan said.

Shujan said they thought that elections are the only legitimate and peaceful way to change power. If the peaceful process were to be obstructed, the nation would move towards a dark future. “The government and the Election Commission would have to take this responsibility.”

Shujan's President M Hafiz Uddin Khan, addressing the reporters, said: “The Election Commission has no real intention to hold free and fair elections.”

Although some candidates submitted a number of grievances of irregularities against their counterparts, the commission them, he added.

Shujan Secretary Badiul Alam Majumder also demanded that the Election Commission investigate the said candidates based on the allegations.

He also urged the president to investigate such candidates of the 2018 general election who failed to pay income tax.