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The aging ‘uncle’ seeking to bring down Bangladesh PM Hasina

28 Nov,2018

Reuters . Dhaka:

Jatiya Oikyafront's key leader and Gonoforum President Dr Kamal Hossain today said he would not participate in the upcoming election due to his age.

He would participate in the policy making and decision making of the party, rather than directly participating in the election, He told The Daily Star.

“I am 80 years old. I am working for my country and party now,” he said.

Meanwhile, Convener of Nagorik Oikkya Mahmudur Rahman Manna and Gonoforum leader Advocate Subrata Chowdhury submitted their nomination papers to the Election Commission respectively in Bogura and Dhaka today.

WHEN WAS OIKYAFRONT FORMED?

On October 13, BNP and three other political parties, including the Gonoforum, formally launched the Jatiya Oikyafront for holding the 11th general election in a free, fair and inclusive manner.

WHAT WERE OIKYAFRONT’S GOALS, DEMANDS?

The 11-point goal announced by the alliance includes ensuring checks and balances in the state power, decentralisation of administration, freeing MPs from the stringent restrictions imposed on them under article 70 of the constitution, formation of a constitutional commission to make appointments to all constitutional and other important posts and full independence of the judiciary.

The alliance also announced a seven-point demand, including the one for holding the next parliamentary election under a nonpartisan government, dissolution of parliament before the polls and recasting the Election Commission.

WHEN IS THE ELECTION?

Election Commission has revised polls schedule, deferring the 11th general election by a week to December 30 – a decision taken on November 12.

The authorities have fixed November 28 as the deadline for filing nomination papers, December 2 for scrutiny and December 9 last date of withdrawal.

The move came following demands from several opposition political parties.

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