The talk of the town yesterday was Dr. Kamal Hossain’s demand for the replacement of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) by a better person. His allegation was that he has failed to create a level playing field for all candidates. Surprisingly, no other political party or alliance has raised any question regarding the CEC and they are taking full preparations to take part in elections as per schedule given by the EC. Many political observers believe that this last minute demand from Dr. Kamal is aimed at jeopardizing the upcoming elections by any means. However, this ploy did not go down well with the people of the country.
The EU parliament team has expressed its satisfaction at the preparations taken by the Election Commission of Bangladesh for holding the national elections on 30 December this year. The team leader Mr. Rupert Mathews categorically said that elections will be free, fair and credible. They expect large number of people turning up at the poll centers on 30 December. His observation should put the doubts of local politicians to rest and they should now concentrate on winning the hearts and minds of the people.
On Sunday, Awami League has disclosed names of 230 AL candidates and sent letters of confirmation to them. The names of grand alliance candidates have also been revealed last evening.
BNP has declared names of candidates of three divisions namely Rangpur, Barisal and Rajshahi. The party will declare names of other divisions soon. Observers are of the opinion that hardly BNP workers are seen in the rural areas campaigning on behalf of their candidates. Most of the central leaders are seen in the capital.
Meanwhile, the CEC has directed the magistrates who will be on poll duty to remain neutral and stick to rules. They should also treat every candidate equally. They should be careful when they will summon the law enforcers in case of any problem.
The biggest surprise came yesterday when the name of AK Abul Momen was announced as Awami League candidate from Sylhet-1 seat. He is the younger brother of Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, who is not going to contest elections any more.