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>"We don’t want to be national traitor," says chief election commissioner

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>TALKING on a much-whispered doubt whether the national election will be held by 2008 at all, ATM Shamsul Huda, the chief election commissioner, today said the election commissioners do not want to become national traitors by reneging on the commitment for holding the stalled ninth parliamentary election before the yearend.
“We are fully committed to the electoral roadmap. This is a do or die situation…the election must be held within the timeframe stipulated in the roadmap,” CEC Huda told an Awami League (AL) delegation during second phase talks between the political parties and the Election Commission.
“We are in if there is an election, and we are out if it’s not there,” Huda asserted in response to AL acting chief’s doubts about holding of the parliamentary poll within the timeframe stipulated in the electoral roadmap announced by the EC.
He noted that the ongoing discussion regarding forming a national unity government before the parliamentary elections is giving rise to unwarranted problems and termed those meaningless.
“We have no link with that,” Huda said.
Leader of the AL delegation Zillur Rahman, the party’s acting president in absence of president Sheikh Hasina, asked the commission to announce immediately a tentative schedule for holding the parliamentary election, dispelling the doubts in the public mind about its fate, and also not to hold polls to any local government before the national election.
He also called upon the military backed caretaker government to lift the state of emergency immediately, and to release Hasina and other top leaders of the party.
He also suggested the caretaker government to begin its national dialogues with parliamentary parties immediately to overcome the present political crisis in the country.
In response to the AL acting chief’s remarks, the CEC questioned why confusions are being raised over holding of the parliamentary poll by the end of December this year.
(Read The Daily Star article)


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