Oppn threatens to continue electoral reforms campaign
A senior Oppn leader said they would continue the campaign until Prime Minister Khaleda Zia accepts to reform the electoral process.india Updated: Sep 02, 2006 16:29 IST
Bangladesh's 14-party opposition alliance has threatened to continue its electoral reforms campaign when a caretaker government takes charge to oversee the January 2007 general elections, if the present administration fails to accept its demands.
A senior alliance leader on Saturday said they would continue the campaign until Prime Minister Khaleda Zia accepts to reform the electoral process, which he alleged was "now set up to steer the (election) results in favour of the ruling alliance."
"We will continue our campaign, if needed, if this government fails to carry it through before committing ourselves to contest the next general elections," he said, requesting anonymity.
Most opposition groups have threatened to boycott the January 2007 general elections.
Zia's five-year term ends at the end of October when a caretaker government takes charge to oversee the polls.
Former Premier Sheikh Hasina Wajed's Awami League-led alliance announced that it would hold a massive rally on September 28 after laying a siege of the office of the election commission on September 6 and that of Prime Minister on September 12.
Currently major ruling and opposition parties are locked in a war of word over the polls along with preparations to contest the elections, which analyst say are the most "critical" in Bangladesh's history.