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'Irregularities didn't affect results'

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The Election Working Group (EWG) yesterday said the Khulna City Corporation (KCC) election was held peacefully on Tuesday amid some stray incidents.

A group of election observers' organizations have identified 'some' irregularities in Khulna City Corporation elections, but they say the overall results would have been the same if these anomalies did not happen. The EWG, a platform of election observers, made the preliminary statement on the vital city election at a press conference at the National Press Club in the city.

EWG Director Dr Md Abdul Alim read out a written statement in the press conference.  EWG member Prof Dr Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullha was also present in the program. Prof Kalimullha said there were some problems, but these did not have any impact on the Khulna city election. EWG Director Dr Md Abdul Alim said the overall situation
of the election was peaceful.

The average voter turnout in polling stations was 64.8 percent, he said, adding the EWG monitored 145 voting centers out of the total 289.

The EWG is a non-partisan network of 28 leading civil society organizations in the country that was formed in 2006 with the shared goal of enhancing the transparency and accountability of elections and other democratic processes in the country.Awami League-nominated mayor candidate Talukder Abdul Khaleque won the KCC polls with a big margin on Tuesday.

But, BNP alleged that the elections were marred by irregularities, including ballot stuffing and driving out polling agents of the rival group while ruling party criticized BNP for misleading people and asked the party to take a lesson from the city polls.


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