BNP election boycott threat

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[Dhaka Correspondent] Khandaker Delwar Hossain-led faction of BNP has accused Election Commission of causing “controversies by its activities” and hinted that it might boycott the polls if the commission did not review its decision to invite the other group of the party to a dialog on electoral reforms.

Rizvi Ahmed, acting office secretary of the Delwar-led faction, at a briefing in Dhaka, said Election Commission should have invited the “mainstream” of the party to the dialog “in deference to the people’s expectations” but instead, “they have invited some conspirators who have no legitimacy according to the party constitution.”

Rizvi said that the “controversial activities” of EC had raised doubts if the polls would be free and fair at all, “However, we still hope that the commission would review its decision and take action in a democratic manner in line with the party’s constitution.”

When his attention was drawn to CEC’s statement dismissing any possibility of a review of its decision, Rizvi said, “We care little about who the commission invites… We had not taken part in any elections during the nine years of Ershad regime and that did not harm the party.”

“Why EC should take cognizance of an illegal meeting,” he said referring to the October 29 meeting of the BNP standing committee. “‘That meeting has no legitimacy

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