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Huge polls observers from unknown orgs ; BNP worried

WT24 Desk

BNP on Sunday night questioned the legality of approving the highest number of observers of a little known organisation to monitor Tuesday’s elections to Dhaka south and Dhaka north city corporations.  In an emergency press briefing at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed raised the question.

“The names of the organisations like Odhikar and Sujan are not there on the list of polls observers. The Election Commission has approved 1,000 overseers — 500 each in two Dhaka cities — of an unknown organisation Manabadhikar and Samaj Unnayan Sangstha. We think it was done with an ulterior motive,” he told the press briefing.

He also demanded an explanation from the Commission in which consideration it has enlisted the unknown organisation as an election observer.  Before the briefing, BNP assistant office secretary Asadul Karim Shaheen took a letter to the Commission with an appeal to keep the organisation out of election monitoring duty.

Moudud said the EC has approved a few observers of recognised and experienced organisations while its endorsed lager number of observers of that strange organisations. By approving the observers of the unknown organisations, he alleged, the government is trying to implement its blueprint to show the polls free and fair after rigging votes.

The BNP leader said they have information that the government is making an evil plan to implement by law enforcers so that the agents of BNP-backed candidates cannot go to the polling stations. He, however, said they are still hopeful that people will make a revolution by braving all odds and obstacles.

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