Leader of the opposition in parliament and Jatiyo Party chief patron Begum Rowshan Ershad sought President Mohammed Shahabuddin's all-out cooperation to hold the 12th Jatiyo Sangsad polls in a free, fair, neutral and peaceful manner. She made the appeal when a delegation of Jatiya Party, led by her, made a courtesy call on the President at Bangabhaban on Sunday (Nov 19), local media reported.
"Jatiyo Party is ready to take part in the upcoming 12th national polls," President's press secretary Joynal Abedin quoted Begum Ershad as saying in the meeting.
She said, "The Jatiyo Party is an election-oriented party... We have already prepared to contest in the elections."
Welcoming the election schedule announced by the Election Commission, Rowshan Ershad added that the Jatiyo Party always showed due respect to the country's Constitution. She, meanwhile, gave a proposal to the President to extend the time of existing election schedule saying that some political parties need more time to take preparation for the elections. "Nov 30 is the last day for submitting nomination forms... On the other hand, the last day for filing income tax returns," Rowshan added.
During the meeting, President Mohammed Shahabuddin said holding elections within the stipulated time is a must to keep the constitution intact.
The government will provide all necessary cooperation to the election commission to make the next Jatiyo Sangsad polls in a free, fair, and peaceful manner, the President added.
Mohammed Shahabuddin said the democracy must also be upheld to continue the ongoing development trend.
Secretaries concerned to the President's office were present during the meeting.