Next election under Sheikh Hasina on time: Nasim


DHAKA, June 27, 2018 (BSS) – Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed
Nasim today said the next general election will be held under Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina on time as per the country’s constitution.

“As per the constitution, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will perform her
routine works while all executive powers will be vested on the Election
Commission during the electioneering,” he said while addressing a seminar as
the chief guest at CIRDAP auditorium in the city.

Bangladesh Heritage Foundation (BHF) organized the seminar titled
‘Election and Level Playing Field’ with its Chairman Waliur Rahman in the

Media Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury and
Chairman of Trinamul BNP Barrister Nazmul Huda addressed the seminar as
guests of honor while Shirin Akhter of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD)
addressed it special guest.

Nasim said constitutionally Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) is an
independent and mostly powerful person. But it depends on the personality of
the particular CEC on how he/she would perform his/her duty, he added.

Pointing out different irregularities being held during elections under
BNP and caretaker governments, the minister said, “We abolished the caretaker
government system from our bitter experiences”.

The next general election will be held under Sheikh Hasina government like
other democratic countries in the world as there is no constitutional barrier
in holding the election under political government, the presidium member of
Awami League and spokesperson of 14-party alliance said.

Noting that raising allegation of irregularities in elections is a habit
of BNP, he urged the party to take part in the elections deploying strong
polling agents in the polling centers to test the level playing field in the

Addressing the seminar, Chairman of Trinamul BNP Barrister Huda said, “I
firmly believe that only Sheikh Hasina can present a free, fair and credible
election in the country as she already has been emerged as an uncontroversial
leader in the country as well as in the world”.

It is high time to rethink about the citizenship of the anti-liberation
forces, he also said, adding that they have no right to remain citizens of
the country.

Former Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor Arefin Siddique,
World University VC Professor Abdul Mannan, Amader Orthoneeti Editor Naimul
Islam Khan and a large number of academics, journalists and civil society
members joined the seminar, among others.