The people will judge whether the citizens breached ethics by bringing out the allegations, he added.

Replying to a separate question, Shahadat Hossain maintained that the incumbent EC is trying their best to ensure elections are conducted in a free, fair and credible manner.

At a virtual press briefing held Saturday, the citizens alleged that the members of the EC had been involved in impeachable offences such as serious financial corruption and irregularities.

The allegations made in the appeal submitted to the president, included financial irregularities which had been reported in the media, the allegations made by an election commissioner Mahbub Talukdar about the financial irregularities of the Chief Election Commissioner in the appointment of staff, three election commissioners using three official vehicles unlawfully, irregularities in the procurement and use of the EVMs, misconduct in conducting the eleventh parliamentary elections, and more.

Speaking at the press briefing, Supreme Court lawyer Shadeen Malik said that an investigation should be conducted through the Supreme Judicial Council into the irregularities, corruption and misconduct regarding the elections. They hoped that based on the investigations, the present election commission would be removed.

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) executive director Iftekharuzzaman said direct financial corruption had never surfaced against the EC in the past. He urged that alongside the president, the prime minister also take these matters into cognizance.

He also hoped that the election commission would step aside from its responsibilities voluntarily until the results of the investigation came in.

SHUJAN secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar said they brought these allegations lawfully and in keeping with the constitution.

It was necessary for the EC to step down on its own accord, he added.

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