Low voter turnout after boycott: Zonaid Saki rejects polls

Low voter turnout after boycott: Zonaid Saki rejects polls

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With the voting period drawing to a close for the Dhaka North and Dhaka South city corporation elections, very low turnout has been reported from different areas of the capital.
Though no major incident of violence has been reported at the polling centres under Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC), voter turnout has so far been reported as very low.BNP-backed mayoral candidate Tabith Awal boycotted the election raising allegations of huge vote rigging as well as intimidation and attack on their supporters and election agents.
Later in the afternoon, citizen’s platform Agamir Dhaka’s mayoral candidate Zonayed Saki also rejected the poll. Terming the polls unfair, he said: “We have decided to reject the poll result after we observed a number of incidents of vote manipulation and irregularities.”
Alleging widespread rigging, he said: “Ruling Awami League has usurped the citizens’ right to vote.”
Supporters of ruling Awami League-backed mayoral and councilor candidates, mostly drawn from the AL’s front organisations, swarmed outside the polling centres in the areas under the DNCC.
However, polling agents of other candidates, including BNP-backed mayoral candidate Tabith Awal, were not found in most of the polling centres.
At Mirpur-2 National School around 2:30, only 600 of about 2,500 votes under the centre had been cast.
In other polling centers, including Herman Gmeinar School and College, Banani Bidya Niketon, Uttara High School, and Badda Govt Primary School, the voter turnout was also low till the filing of the report at 2:30pm.
Voter turnout in booths across Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) dropped dramatically following BNP’s decision to boycott the polls that came shortly after noon.
Hridoy Kor, a polling agent of Nizam Uddin said about 50 percent votes had been cast till 2:30 pm.
At West Dholaipar School, the voter turnout was only 20 percent around the same time. – UNB

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