Juba League, the youth front of opposition Awami League, Tuesday demanded immediate resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and cancellation of appointment of two new election commissioners, reports UNB
Juba League leaders described CEC MA Aziz as the country's "national enemy" and said the alliance government has illegally appointed the two new election commissioners as part of its blueprint to rig the next general election.
"The BNP-Jamaat government thinks that the country is their personal property.
They are appointing party men to every department of the administration to cling to power. They in fact want to put the country's independence and sovereignty at stake," Juba League chairman Jahangir Kabir Nanok told a rally at the city's Bangabandhu Avenue this afternoon.
City Juba League's south unit organised the rally as part of their countrywide protest against the attempt on the life of AL joint secretary Obaidul Kader and to press for their demand of cancellation of appointment of Mahfuzur Rahman and SM Zakaria as election commissioners.
Juba League also burnt an effigy of CEC MA Aziz in front of the party office.
Nanok alleged that SM Zakaria was one of the masterminds of 'media coup' during the 1986 elections under Ershad's military regime while an illegal arms was recovered from the house of Mahfuzur Rahman during 'Operation Clean Heart' in 2004.
"How can the government appoint two such controversial persons as election commissioners?" he questioned adding, "The Election Commission has been made a BNP's front organisation."
Chaired by Mohiuddin Ahmed Mahi, president of city Juba League's south unit, the rally was addressed, among others, by Juba League general secretary Mirza Azam MP, south general secretary Nurunnabi Chowdhury Shaon, south joint secretary Wahidul Alam, former BCL leader Ajoikor Khokon and Juba League presidium member Harun-or-Rashid.
Mirza Azam said the government has overridden the directives of the High Court on fresh voter list that proves that the anti-liberation forces are indulged in deep-rooted conspiracies to manipulate the results of the coming parliamentary elections.
"The evil forces are designing to tamper with the voter list as they have got the message that people have boycotted them for their unbridled corruption and terrorism," Azam said.
City AL general secretary Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya expressed solidarity with the demand of Juba League and urged the people to make the Jan 19 rally at Central Shaheed Minar a success.