Chief Adviser: Emergency to stay until elections
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  • Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed has stated that the caretaker government wants to continue with the state of emergency until the general elections to ‘retain control’ over the old problems of money and muscle power during the polls. “One of the problems with the election process has been that money and muscle power were used in the past; in order to control that, I think emergency rules will help”, he said in an interview with the Time magazine in New York during his recent participation to the 63rd UNGA session1. Meanwhile, Foreign Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury stated that the United Nations may send election observation mission to Bangladesh during the forthcoming parliamentary elections even if the polls take place under the state of emergency2. Replying to a question whether Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina would be allowed to stand for the election, he said "Well, that will depend on the Election Commission. The law under which elections will be held stipulates certain conditions for anyone to submit a nomination. Anyone who satisfies these conditions is eligible.”