BNP to boycott upcoming UP elections

BNP to boycott upcoming UP elections

Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party will not take part in the upcoming union parishad elections, scheduled to begin in April.

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced it on Sunday at a press conference held at Gulshan office of the party chairperson.

The decision was taken at a virtual meeting of the party standing committee on Saturday, said Fakhrul.

The government and Election Commission have already destroyed the election system of the country and it is reflected in local government elections. The ruling party was winning the local government elections by vote riggings and using muscle power and administrations, Fakhrul said.

Chaired by the acting chairman of the party Tarique Rahman, most of the standing committee members attended the meeting.

The Election Commission on February 11 decided to begin countrywide union parishad elections from April 11.

The elections will be held in the first phase to 323 UPs of 20 districts, EC secretary Humayun Kabir Khandaker told reporters at a press conference.

Voting in 41 UPs in the first phase will take place through Electronic Voting Machine.

There are about 4,500 union parishads in the country and elections to the parishads were held in 2016.