We won’t take part Dec. polls under emergency: BNP to UN


Ferdous Ahmad Bhuiyan/Dhaka : Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), a largest political party of Bangladesh, won’t take part in the Dec 18 national polls under the state of emergency. Because a free and fair election holding is not possible under the state of emergency. BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain said this.

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BNP has informed this stand to UN delegation that if the government wants to stage elections under emergency, BNP won’t take part in them, Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain told reporters after a meeting with the delegation on Saturday at Dhaka’s Party headquarters.

BNP standing committee members AR Goni, Chowdhary Tanvir Ahmed Siddiqui, M Shamsul Islam, vice president MK Anwar and joint secretary general Nazrul Islam Khan also attended the meeting.

“We have stated our position to the UN delegation as they wanted to know,” he said.

A visiting UN team on political affairs for South Asia, Asia and the Pacific region, headed by Hitoki Den, is meeting with stakeholders ahead of the December elections and in preparation for UN chief Ban Ki Moon’s tour at the start of November.

Ms. Renata Dessalien, UN resident coordinator in Bangladesh told reporters after the meeting that they were still optimistic a free and fair election would be held in time with the participation of all parties, to restore a democratic government.

BNP would decide on registering with the Election Commission after an accord was reached in talks with the government, Delwar reiterated.