New CEC can’t hold fair elections: BNP

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Terming the new Chief Election Commissioner-designate, KM Nurul Huda, a controversial former bureaucrat, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Tuesday said that he could not discharge its duties neutrally and no acceptable election could be held under his leadership. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came up with this observation at a briefing at party Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulashan office after a meeting of the top leaders of BNP-led 20-party opposition alliance with Khaleda Zia on Tuesday night. Alleging that the prime minister for all practical purposes had tried to misguide the nation, the BNP leader also said that the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s desire has been reflected in the reconstitution of the election commission.

“According to the interpretation of the constitutional provisions, the president is bound to consult prime minister on issues other than two matters, so, for logical reason we can think that the will of the prime minister has been reflected in the reconstitution of the election commission,” Fakhrul told Mentioning that Nurul Huda was an organiser of Janatar Mancha, a platform against the then BNP government, while he was the deputy commissioner in Comilla, Fakhrul said that Nurul Huda might have grievances against BNP since he was sent into forced retirement during the BNP government in 2001. Mirza Fakhrul also doubted d that KM Nurul Huda might have allegiance to Awami League as he got post-retirement retrospective promotion during AL government. KM Nurul Huda, retired as joint secretary and he had been promoted to the rank of secretary after his retirement only on paper, but never acted as an additional secretary or a secretary, he added. Along with four election commissioners, president Md Abdul Hamid on Monday appointed former secretary KM Nurul Huda the next chief election commissioner.

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