The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-backed candidates announced boycott of the election at about mid-day complaining of vote rigging by government supported activists after expelling their agents and voters in Dhaka and Chittagong.
The boycott was announced by Bnp’s standing committee member Moudud Ahmed in presence of mayoral candidate Tabith Awal and another candidate Mirza Abbas’ wife Afroze Abbas.
In Chittagong Bnp-backed candidate Manjur Alam announced his withdrawal from the election complaining of capture of polling stations by supporters of AL-backed candidates.
Reports of capture of polling stations, casting of fake votes clashes between rival activists are coming from different centres in Dhaka.
Tabith Awal told journalists at the briefing that his polling camps were demolished by rivals on Monday evening.
Afroza Abbas said there was no voting, instead there was vote dacoity, their agents were not allowed to work, and voters obstructed from casting votes.
Moudud Ahmed said Police. Ansar and Rab allowed only agents and activists of AL-backed candidates to enter polling centres and cast votes, and drive those of the Bnp-backed ones.
Prof Emajuddin Ahmed, convener of Adarsha Dhaka Andolan said he was abused when he went to cast his vote at the Dhaka College centre. Pro-government activists asked him why he had come because, they claimed, he had no right to voting.
More reports are coming in from different centres. – Staff Reporter