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Vote rigging alleged

A few BNP-backed candidates boycott polls

New Age Online

Bangladesh Nationalist Party-backed candidates announced Wednesday that they had boycotted upazila parishad polls in different upazilas.
In Jhenaidah, pro-BNP candidates of Sailkupa upazila made the announcement of boycotting the polls at a press conference held in the Kabirpur City College intersection at about 10:00am.
Rakibul Hasan Khan Dipu, the candidate for chairman post, Kamrul Islam Tikka, vice-chairman candidate and Roksana Akter Poly vying for reserved woman vice-chairman post, alleged gross irregularities in the polls. They said the ruling party men forcibly expelled their polling agents from various centres.
Local BNP also announced a day long hartal for Thursday in the upazila.
Meanwhile, a gang of miscreants snatched ballot papers from Mathurapur Govt Primary School centre under the upazila at about 10:00am.
Vote casting was postponed in the centre. Upazila Nirbahi officer Mohammad Ali Prince confirmed the matter to the reporters.
In Barisal, BNP-backed and BNP rebel candidates boycotted Gaurnadi upazila parishad election holding a press conference in front of Gaurnadi Press Club at 10:10am
Abul Hossain Mia, BNP-backed candidate, Lokman Hossain Khan, BNP-rebel candidate, Zahir Sajjad, BNP-backed vice-chairman and Taslima Begum, BNP backed female vice-chairman candidates jointly announced their poll rejection decision.
They said they boycotted the election because their polling agents were ousted by rival AL-backed candidate Shah Alam Khan and his cadres.
They also alleged that the administration and election officials were biased toward ruling party and did not hear the allegations.
‘We wanted deployment of Army, but it was not done and that the law enforcing agencies also failed to create congenial environment for conducting a free and fair election,’ one candidate said.
He said they have informed the EC and local administration about some complains and would formally file allegations.
A half-day strike will be observed tomorrow in Gaurnadi upazila protesting the rigging.
Engineer Abdus Sobhan, president of district (north) BNP issued a press statement declaring the hartal.
Meanwhile, BNP-supported chairman candidate Khalilur Rahman and his one of the rivals AL-rebel chairman candidate Atikur Rahman jointly boycotted Bakerganj upazila polls in Barisal district through a press briefing at about 2:00pm, alleging vote rigging.
In Bhola, BNP-leaned candidate for chairman Shafiqul Islam Babul renounced the polls in Lalmohan upazila at a press conference at about 12:30pm.
Lalmohan upazila BNP unit also declared a dawn-to-dusk shutdown on Thursday, protesting the irregularities in the election.
Earlier on the day, a rebel chairman candidate of BNP Aktaruzzaman Titob announced boycotting the polls at about 10:30am.
In Sirajganj, a rebel candidate of Awami League vying for chairman post announced his giving up the upazila election.
Freedom fighter Abul Kalam Azad, the contender boycotted the polls bringing several allegations against his rival AL-backed Mojammel Haq Sarker. The allegations included vote rigging, expelling the agents from polling stations forcibly and the passive role of the law enforcers.
In Shariatpur, pro-BNP contender for chairman post Shahed Parvej Abbas Molla quit from Gosairhat upazila polls alleging mass irregularities.




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