CEC to declare national polls schedule at 7pm today
M Humayun Kabir of DOT : Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda will declare the schedule for 11th parliamentary election today.
The declaration will be televised live in national broadcasters at 7:00pm, according to Election Commission’s press release issued yesterday, reports The Daily Star.
The move comes ignoring calls for delay by major political oppositions, who were waiting for a positive outcome to the dialogue.
Polls schedule is going to be announced in line with the previous statements of CEC and ruling alliance that there will be no delay in announcing the schedule.
All the opposition parties and alliances have been demanding for holding the general election under a nonpartisan government and dissolution of the parliament ahead of it.
Ruling Awami League, however, has repeatedly asserted that it will keep to the constitution – meaning that the election will be held under its government.
The opposition parties have also demanding the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and objecting the use of electronic voting.
The first round of dialogue was held with Oikyafront on November 1. After the talks, Oikyafront said they were not happy with it.
The second round of talks with the ruling alliance, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair, was held in Gono Bhaban yesterday.
Moreover, Awami League has held talks with Jatiya Party and BikalpaDhara-led alliance Juktofront, Islamic Democratic Alliance and Left Democratic Alliance.