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EC will delay election on all-party call
The upcoming general election can be delayed if all political parties want, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda said today.
“But there is no scope to defer the announcement of polls schedule,” he told reporters at a programme at Dhaka’s Agargaon this morning.
This effectively means that the commission does not want to give more time for nomination process within individual parties and its submission.
The move comes at a time when major political parties are engaging in dialogues to end the impasse over the holding of parliamentary election.
Also, major opposition alliance Jatiya Oikyafront has requested the commission to hold the announcement of schedule until the duration of dialouges.
WHAT IS THIS IMPASSE?
All the opposition parties and alliances have demanded for holding the general election under a nonpartisan government and dissolution of the parliament ahead of it.
However, ruling Awami League has repeatedly asserted that it will keep to the constitution – meaning that the election will be held under its government.
Apart from this major issue, there are several other major demands, like the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and use of electronic voting.
Also, the opposition parties have been accusing the Election Commission of subservience to the government and walking the path as instructed to it.