Ershad: JP for polls despite EC controversy


The former military ruler supports elections under Sheikh Hasina


Jatiya Party will participate in the upcoming polls despite the absence of level-playing field for all parties, its Chairman Hussein Muhammad Ershad said.

Speaking to journalists at his Banani office, the former military ruler said there were controversies with the current Election Commission.

“But there is no way out of an election without them (the current EC),” he said.

“The Jatiya Party is headed for elections to assess its popularity. The popularity of the Awami League has come down to zero, no one will vote them.”

The former military ruler asserted that the upcoming national polls must be held under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in line with the constitution.

Recently, Ershad’s Jatiya Party split from the Awami League-led coalition and announced their intention to participate in the elections separately.

The move was made amidst uncertainty over whether the main opposition BNP would participate in the elections that are slated for January.

BNP’s main point of concern has been the head of the polls-time cabinet. They say that under Sheikh Hasina polls cannot be neutral.

Five members of the Jatiya Party were included in the cabinet that will oversee the upcoming national elections.



Source: Dhaka Tribune