6 independent candidates announce poll boycottNew Age Online
Six independent candidates announced their decisions to boycott parliament polls midway through the voting, bringing charges of rigging and coerced occupations of the polling stations by ruling party activists.
The candidates were from Dhaka, Narayanganj, Lakshmipur, Sirajganj and Borguna.
The six candidates include Md Eklas Uddin Molla from Dhaka-15 constituency, Shawkat Ali from Narayanganj-1. Awami League’s rebel candidate Abul Hossain Shikdar from Borguna-2, Ataur Rahman Ratan from Sirajganj-5, AKM Sharif Uddin and Azad Uddin Chowdhury from Lakshmipur-4.
Eklas Uddin alleged that an Awami League candidate took over a polling station in his constituency.
Sharif and Azad sent letters to the Election Commission informing them of their decision to boycott the polls.
Deputy Secretary Mihir Sarwar Morshed at the EC Secretariat said there was no chance of boycotting the polls once the deadline for withdrawing nomination papers was over.
They are still candidates under law, he noted. He, however, did not comment on the allegations.
Mihir said they would decide after receiving reports from concerned returning officers.
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