Shushashoner Jannoy Nagorik (SHUJAN) has been trying to ensure fair polls over the years through taking various initiatives, but fairness in election is still a far cry, said its members.
Along the way, the civil society platform faced many obstacles but it has not given up hope, rather its activists would continue their endeavour, they added.
They made the remarks at a seminar organised by SHUJAN at Jatiya Press Club in the capital, marking its 15th founding anniversary.
Former justice Kazi Ebadul Hoque, its vice president, said fair election is a must to ensure transparency in the administration. “…We help the government by identifying its deficiency in this issue. We are not against them...”
Badiul Alam Majumder, secretary of SHUJAN, said the election commission should create such an environment so that people can participate in the polls. The government and political parties have to play a supportive role in this regard.
SHUJAN would continue their efforts to ensure fair elections in the upcoming national and city corporation polls, he said.
Brig Gen (retd) M Sakhawat Hussain, a former election commissioner; Dr Tofael Ahmed, an executive member of SHUJAN; Rekha Chowdhury, vice-president of Bangladesh Mahila Parishad; Abul Hasnat, president of SHUJAN Dhaka unit; and other members of SHUJAN also spoke.