Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda yesterday said he still hopes that BNP will participate in the next general elections, scheduled to be held at the end of this year.
“I hope BNP will participate… We will hold an inclusive election. I'm optimistic that the polls will be held with participation of all parties as there is a level playing field for all, and it will remain the same in future,” he said.
The CEC came up with the remark after a coordination meeting with law enforcement agencies at Nirbachan Bhaban, regarding the July 30 city polls in Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barisal. “Directives have already been given to take proper steps so that the city polls don't become questionable before the national elections,” he said.
About BNP chief Khaleda Zia's participation in the polls, Huda said, “The court will look into the issue… We have nothing to do or say about this.”
Replying to a query about additional security measures during the city polls, he said, “There's no need for additional security; relevant laws have not been changed... measures will be taken according to those.” “The law enforcement agencies have informed us about the atmosphere in the areas [Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barisal cities]. They are hoping that no untoward occurrence will take place,” the CEC added.