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Calls Ring out for an Impartial EC

The ruling Awami League has told the Election Commission that its mayoral candidates were being ‘treated without any mercy’, while the BNP candidates were getting ‘advantage’.

A party delegation led by Joint General Secretary Mahbub-Ul Alam Hanif met the chief election commissioner and lodged the complaint on Thursday.

“The Awami League candidates and activists in several districts are being harassed by returning officers,” Hanif told reporters after the meeting.

He said that the Election Commission was being ‘too kind’ to the BNP while it was the opposite for the Awami League. “We want the EC to be impartial.”

As per the electoral rules, MPs and ministers are barred from campaigning for their party candidates.

Senior BNP leaders, however, are being able to campaign as their party boycotted the 2014 general election.

Referring to this scenario, Hanif said the situation was upsetting a level-playing field.

The senior Awami League leader, however, said the law and order situation was good in the run-up to the polls.

He called the EC not to take any steps before investigating allegations of the violation of the electoral code of conduct.

“The MPs are not violating the code. The EC can take punitive measures upon probing allegations.

“But when a minister meets people after coming out from the mosque, how does it constitute a violation? The EC can take steps if he campaigns for somebody,” said Hanif.