Saturday, May 26, 2018

BNP rejects KCC results

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Bringing allegations of 'unprecedented vote rigging' and various irregularities, BNP has rejected the Khulna City Corporation (KCC) election results. The party also demanded the resignation of Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda for what it said his 'inability' to hold a 'fair and impartial' election.

"In yesterday's voting, the illegal government has flexed its muscle. On behalf of the party, I reject the Khulna polls outcome and demand the resignation of the chief election commissioner," BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi yesterday said at a press conference at the party's Nayapaltan central office.

The BNP's formal reaction came a day after Awami League candidate Talukdar Abdul Khalek won the election by taking an unassailable lead of 65,640 votes over his BNP-backed rival Nazrul Islam Manju.

The election to KCC was held on Tuesday amid allegations of various irregularities. Awami League's mayoral candidate Talukder Abdul Khalek won the polls with a big margin defeating BNP's contender Nazrul Islam Manju.

Rizvi alleged that voters and supporters of paddy sheaf symbol have been harassed in the polling stations and said men of boat symbol had endless domination and reckless movement.

"They in groups have cast fake votes at the different polling stations. At many stations, presiding officers assisted them in vote rigging. They stuffed the ballot boxes with fake votes in minutes. The magistrates allowed it," added the BNP leader.

He also questioned how over 65 percent votes were cast in the election while there was a very thin presence of voters. "We think the turnout of voters could be less than 30 percent. Voters couldn't go to most polling stations due to attacks and obstruction by ruling party cadres."

"It can't be a healthy election system the way supporters of paddy sheaf (BNP's election symbol), were subjected to harassment and obstruction at polling stations. The supporters of boat (AL's election symbol) established their limitless supremacy," the BNP leader observed.

Rizvi also alleged that the Election Commission neither has any good intention nor ability to hold a fair and neutral election. "That's why people witnessed an unprecedented festival of vote rigging in the KCC polls."

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