Election frauds in 31 UPs: BNP

Election frauds in 31 UPs: BNP

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Accusing ruling party men of resorting to widespread election frauds and terrorism in the reelection to 31 Union Parishads (UPs), BNP on Monday said this has exposed that the government did not retreat from its policy of ‘snatching people’s voting rights’.“Reelection to 31 UPs that were earlier postponed are being held today (Monday). As before, various irregularities, vote frauds and terrorism reached the intense level. A grand festival of capturing polling stations is going on like char grabbing,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
He came up with the allegation at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
Rizvi said the ruling party men established their control over almost all polling stations in Barisal, Noakhali, Feni, Lalmonirhat, Thakurgaon, Patuakhali, Laxmipur, Narsingdi, Mymensingh, Brahmanbaria, Natore, Pirojpur, Shariatpur, Jessore and Manikganj districts soon after the start of voting driving out the agents of BNP candidates.
He also said BNP leaders and activists were attacked and harassed in many UPs to discourage and intimidate voters so that they do not go to the voting centres.
“As per the information we’ve received so far from different areas, Jubo League and Chhatra League cadres have captured most polling stations and openly stuffing ballots in favour of their election symbol boat. Common voters are also not allowed to go to polling stations,” he alleged.
Rizvi also said the local administration and returning officers did not take any step against the election irregularities despite lodging repeated complaints with them by BNP candidates and their supporters.
“This election has clearly demonstrated the ruling party’s evil design for the next national election as Awami League considers people as their enemies,” he observed.
Describing the current Election Commission as a rubber-stump of the government, he said its commissioners are performing subservient role as they are not guided by their consciences. “They’re serving the government to protect their jobs.”
He also warned that the government will face a strong resistance by people if it tries to form another partisan Commission unilaterally to cling to power.

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