National polls to be held as per constitution: PM
Published : Saturday, 13 January, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 56
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said the 11th parliamentary elections would be held at the end of 2018 as per the Constitution.
"Elections will be held at the end of 2018 and clear instructions are given on the procedure of the polls in the Constitution," she said.
The election-time government would be formed as per the Constitution before the national elections and the government will give all-out support to the Election Commission to conduct the polls, Hasina added.
Sheikh Hasina, also the President of Awami League, came up with the remarks while addressing the Nation marking the fourth year completion of her party-led second consecutive government elected in the last Jatiya Sangsad polls on January 5 in 2014.
The Prime Minister expressed her high hope that all registered political parties will participate in the upcoming national elections and extend a hand to uphold the democratic system.
Referring to the newly formed EC reconstituted by the President of the country through search committee, Sheikh Hasina said in the meantime the incumbent EC has gained confidence of the people.
"The incumbent EC has gained public confidence by holding two city corporation elections and some of the local government elections," she said.
The Prime Minister called upon the countrymen to remain alert against vested quarters as they might make an attempt to create anarchy in the country ahead of the national elections.
"People want peace and they will not allow anyone to damage life and property of the common men in the name of movement by boycotting elections," she said.
* Hopefully all political parties to participate in next JS polls
* Incumbent EC has gained people's confidence
* Country's economic progress has remained upward despite worldwide recession
Mentioning that people are the source of all power, the Prime Minister said: "So you have to fix the goal what you want to do. Do you want Bangladesh to march forward or go backward?"
"Think once, what was the position of Bangladesh just ten years ago?" she posed a question.
She also asked the countrymen: "Don't you want your children become self-dependent by getting better education? Don't you want that electricity reach all houses in the country? Don't you want that each road of the villages be developed and people get food at least two times?"
Referring to the date, Sheikh Hasina said she took an oath as the Prime Minister for the third time.
Expressing her gratitude to the people, the Prime Minister said she tried her best to uphold the confidence of the people bestowed upon her.
"I have tried heartily to uphold your confidence. You will judge how much I have been successful or failure," she said.
Mentioning the BNP-Jamaat's misrule, the AL president said conspiracies were hatched to bar the AL to assuming office through the 2001 elections.
After the elections, the people experienced political bankruptcy, looting of public money and misuse of power by Hawa Bhaban.
Besides the rise of militancy and Bangla Bhai, two lawmakers and several thousands of AL activists were killed, she said, adding that they also carried out torture on minorities.
She said incident of bombing took place at 500 places in 63 districts.
Under the circumstances, state of emergency was imposed and you gave me an opportunity to serve you by casting votes in favour of the boat symbol in 2008 polls.
Referring to the BNP-Jamaat mayhem before and after the 2014 national elections, the Prime Minister said the BNP-Jamaat alliance carried out mayhem across the country centering the 2014 polls.
"Some 582 educational institutions were set on fire and some presiding officers were killed too along with the personnel of the law enforcing agencies," she said.
The Prime Minister said the BNP-Jamaat alliance killed some 500 innocent people and left several thousand people injured between 2013 and 2015.
She said some 3000 vehicles, 29 rails and nine passenger vessels were also torched.
"The holy Quran was also burnt by setting fire to mosques," she said.
The Prime Minister said people were deprived of getting the service after the assassination of Bangabandhu on August 15 in 1975.
"Those, who usurped office, remained busy in making their own fortune. They did not do anything for the people," she said.
The Prime Minister said her government outlined short, middle and long term plans after assuming office in 2009 and had been implementing those plans.
She said her government had been able to foster the continuation of development as they formed the government in 2014.
"Bangladesh has been marching forward as we have got an opportunity to serve the people for nine years at a stretch," she said, adding that country's economic progress remained upward despite worldwide recession.
"The country has already turned into a low middle income one while per capita income has risen to $ 1610," she said, adding that the poverty rate had been reduced to 22 per cent from the 41.5 per cent.
Listing her government's various development activities, the Prime Minister said her government wants to turn the country a developed one.
That's why her government took some mega projects - Padma Multipurpose Bridge, Rooppur Nuclear Power Project, Payra Sea Port, the coal-fired large power projects of Matarbari and Rampal, Metro Rail and an LNG terminal.
More than 50 per cent construction work of the Padma Bridge has already been completed while construction work of metro rail and elevated expressway has been underway, she said, adding that a tunnel is being constructed under the Karnaphuli River.