PMO asked returning officers to work for AL: BNP

PMO asked returning officers to work for AL: BNP

Dhaka, Nov 21 (Just News): The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has alleged that the returning officers had been asked by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to work for the ruling Awami League in the upcoming parliamentary elections.

How can PMO summon the electoral officials as they are under the jurisdiction of the EC after the announcement of the polls schedule, BNP questions.

Terming the meeting as a punishable offence according to the Representation of the People Order (RPO) act, BNP in a letter sent to the election commission on Tuesday urged the EC to take legal steps against the persons involved in the meeting.

A BNP delegation led by joint secretary general Moazzem Hossain Alal handed over the letter to EC secretary Helaluddin Ahemd.

The EC called on the returning officers on 13 November to give them direction about the upcoming election. While they were going back after the meeting, they were summoned by PMO and briefed to work for ruling party, allege the letter sent by BNP.

In a separate letter, BNP urged the EC to transfer the grassroots administrative officers to ensure a level playing field.

BNP asked the commission to transfer divisional commissioners, deputy inspectors general (DIGs) and commissioners of metropolitan cities so that they cannot work for any specific party.

The party also seeks transfer of district commissioners and superintendents of police who have been working at their present districts for more than two years.

Besides, the party also urged the commission to transfer upazila nirbahi officers and officers-in-charge (OCs) out of their respective districts of work.

BNP said the chief election commissioner (CEC) had assured them of creating a level playing field while announcing the polls schedule on 8 November, but the EC failed ‘to keep their promise’.