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Don’t succumb to pressure: AL to EC

Published: December 08, 2018 17:08:02 | Updated: December 08, 2018 21:47:56


The ruling Awami League has warned the Election Commission not to give in to any form of pressure.

A delegation from the party spoke to the EC on Saturday before it was to deliver its decision on whether to allow BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to compete in the polls.

The delegation was led by Awami League Joint General Secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak and included BM Muzammel Haque and Mahmud Chowdhury Pramukh.

The EC said that it would announce its decision at 5pm on Saturday after it heard an appeal from Khaleda Zia, who is currently serving time in prison, over the rejection of her nomination.

The Awami League delegation went to the EC’s offices in Agargaon immediately after the EC’s announcement.

“The Election Commission cannot go beyond the constitution,” Nanak told reporters on the topic of Khaleda’s appeal.

Asked why the delegation had come to the EC, he said:

“The BNP, Oikya Front and Jamaat are trying to foil the election by making non-issues into issues. The people of the country are outraged.”

“We came to warn them and tell them not to give in to any pressure.”

The BNP has complained that the EC is working for the ruling party, reports bdnews24.com.

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