TDN World Desk: Rafiqul Islam, Election Commissioner of Bangladesh, said on Friday that the ongoing violence among political parties in the country ahead of national election is nothing but a part of the political culture.
On December 30 Bangladesh’s national election will be held. And just few days ahead of the polls country’s election commissioner candidly made such a serious remark.
“Stray incidents of violence are taking place ahead of the election but the situation has not yet into an alarming turn. It is a part of poll culture”, Rafiqul Islam Said while briefing to the press before attending a workshop in Rajshahi city this morning.
In this election there will be no women presiding officer at the poll booths for safety and security reasons. “Taking safety and security issues under consideration, women have been kept out of discharging the duties of presiding officers in the election,” the Daily Star quotes him as saying.
“We could’ve chosen them as presiding officers but we didn’t. Because, if chosen they will be shown disrespect and they would be kept separate from their families”, he added. The workshop was held over “awareness raising on women’s participation- safety and security in elections”. The Election Commission in association with the UN women, UNDP and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation organized the workshop.
Accusation against Election Commission
Ruling government, Awami League’s main opposition party BNP (Bangladesh National Party), however brought allegations against the Election Commission along with the police administration of jointly destroying the election atmosphere in the country.
“We are noticing that the EC and police administration have formed an alliance and destroyed the election atmosphere. We are worried over their role”, Mirza Fakhrul, Secretary General of BNP party was quoted as saying by The Daily Star.
Violence in rise
As per report, with the election date coming closure political violence is increasing in the country. Earlier this month, two Jubo League and Awami League were killed. On December 11, BNP candidates including party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul, and their supporters came under attack allegedly by ruling party men. During election campaigns, the opposition party candidates were targeted and attacked across the country allegedly by the ruling party men. On Friday, BNP’s two election camp were vandalized. Opposition leaders also accused of facing unprecedented cop harassment.