Though the party started selling nomination papers on Monday, the Jatiya Party (JP) said it has not yet taken the final decision to take part in the 12th parliamentary elections, reports UNB.
"We have started the process relating to the election but it's not our final decision to join the polls," said party secretary general Mujibul Haque Chunnu.
Talking to reporters at the Jatiya Party Chairmen's Banani office, he said they are completing the necessary process those are required for taking part in the election.
He, however, said the Election Commission has failed to create a proper environment for holding a fair and credible election.
As an election-oriented party, Chunnu said they express the hope the election will be held in a joyous atmosphere where all parties will join and voters will be able to cast their votes spontaneously.
"We request the authorities concerned to take steps so that the voter can get confidence that they will be able to cast their votes freely going to the polling stations."
Replying to a question, he said their party chairman GM Quader was given the authority to take a final decision on whether they should join the polls or not. "He'll soon finalise the decision in this regard in consultation with our senior leaders."
He said their party is still rigid in their decision to field candidates in all 300 parliamentary seats.
Replying to another question, he said there is still time for two major parties--Awami League and BNP-- to reach a consensus on the election through discussions.
The Election Commission also can reschedule the election if necessary to ensure a participatory election.
Earlier, the party started selling nomination forms at its chairmen's Banani office at 10:00 am.
The party nomination aspirants are collecting the nomination forms by paying Tk 30,000 for each seat.
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