AL seeks EC's intervention to stop violenceNew Age Online
The ruling Awami League has requested the Election Commission to take steps to stop the countrywide violence, reports bdnews24.com.
The party's Election Coordination Committee's convener Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir filed a written petition to the EC on Sunday with the request.
"We have requested for proper action to stop the violence in polling centres. We have filed an application on behalf of the party to the EC," he told media people after a meeting with election commissioner Md Shahnewaz.
According to the Awami League leader, voter turnout was low in the morning due to cold weather, but it is increasing as the day progressed.
The former home minister said that the Opposition's strike has not affected the polls, though his party sought EC's intervention to stop violence.
The BNP-led Opposition alliance has been enforcing a non-stop nationwide blockade since Jan 1. They have also called a 48-hour shutdown across the country from Saturday to thwart the polls.
Opposition activists have unleashed a campaign of violence, burning down dozens of polling stations, attacking polling parties and public transport to cause panic since Friday night.
Alamgir claimed that more than 500 people died in the last few months in violence caused by BNP-Jamaat and said: "those responsible would be bought under justice."
The Election Commission is, however, yet to react to the Awami League's petition.
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