Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday claimed that the process of taking nomination seekers’ interview by ‘fugitive convict and corrupt’ BNP leader Tarique Rahman is illegal. “Our question is how a convicted man can participate in election activities sitting in London. It’s clearly a violation of the electoral code of conduct,” UNB quoted BNP as saying.
While speaking at a press conference at the AL presidents Dhanmondi political office, the ruling party leader also urged the election commission to take proper action in this regard. “We hope the EC will look into the issue.”
Without naming BNP, Quader alleged that a party is trying to foil the election under the banner of Oikya Front.
“When a congenial environment is prevailing for a fair election, the party gathered its leaders and terrorists in the name of providing nomination forms, attacked police and burned their vehicles even after the announcement of the election schedule which left 20 policemen injured,” he said.
Election commission secretary Helal Uddin Ahmed on Monday said the commission has nothing to do with BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahmans participation in taking interview of their party candidates through videoconferencing.
“As Tarique Rahman joined the BNP nomination board through videoconferencing from abroad, the electoral code of conduct is not applicable for him and the EC has nothing to do with it,” he said while talking to reporters after an EC meeting at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the city.