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Electoral system does not function as per any individual's whim: Obaidul Quader

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Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Saturday said the constitution and electoral system do not function per the whim of individuals as the electoral system has been set up following the practices of different democratic countries, reports BSS.

"Constitution and electoral system has been established following the practices of different democratic countries. So, the constitution and electoral system do not work as per the whim of individuals," he said in a statement protesting BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir's misleading and politically motivated remarks.

The ruling party general secretary said autocrats Ziaur Rahman and HM Ershad amended the constitution to give constitutional legitimacy to the power seized by them for personal interests. Those amendments of the constitution were declared illegal by the country's highest court, now there is no scope to go back to that system, he added.

"Now those who are giving anti-constitutional statements want to see an undemocratic and unelected government system," Quader added.

Criticizing BNP leaders for their attempts to mislead people, Quader said BNP leaders are making such unconstitutional, undemocratic and false remarks because they want to see an unelected and undemocratic government in power.

He said Awami League led by Bangabandhu's daughter and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is always in favour of an inclusive election and it expects a competitive electoral system.

Mentioning that Sheikh Hasina always welcomes the participation of all political parties in elections, Obaidul Quader said Awami League wants the involvement of all political parties to testify their popularity, along with building the habit of accepting election results.

BNP does not participate in elections sensing its defeat, and if it joins polls, it does so to make the election questionable, he said, adding that if BNP secretary general's mentality is like that then the democracy would never be sustainable.

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