Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Saturday demanded reconstitution of the Election Commission (EC) with neutral persons before the announcement of the schedule for the next general election, reports UNB.
The party also turned down the recent re-demarcation of 25 parliamentary constituencies by the commission for what he said doing it with a 'motive to help' Awami League candidates in the next polls.
"We reject the re-delimitation of the 25 parliamentary seats as the Election Commission did it abusing its power," said BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed.
Speaking at a discussion, he further said, "We would like to say a fair and credible election is not possible under the current Election Commission. That's why the current commission must be reconstituted before the announcement of the next national election."
The BNP leader said non-partisan and neutral persons must be included in the reconstituted EC for ensuring credible and inclusive polls.
Nagorik Odhikar Andolon, a pro-BNP Platform, arranged the programme at the National Press Club demanding the release of ailing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, alleged that all the decisions the EC has so far taken with their only a motive to ensure the victory of the ruling party candidates.
He said the constituencies of many BNP leaders, including Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and him, were redrawn in such a way so that they cannot join the election.
"The commission has re-demarcated the constituencies to help the government-supported candidates and put us in trouble. It (EC) has played an utter biased role in redrawing our all senior leaders' seats," the BNP leader added.