Sushasaner Jonno Nagorik (Sujan) a civic platform, yesterday claimed that the process of polling and counting votes in the recently concluded municipal polls was not credible and transparent.“We can’t say that the polls were held in a free and fair manner. The criterion of a credible election was also not fulfilled this time,” said Sujan secretary Badiul Alam Majumdar.
Addressing a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity, he said the electoral process has been continuing to witness the declining trend in its quality.
Unfortunately, he said, the December 30 municipal polls could not match regarding neutrality no where the previous selections.
Majumder regretted that country’s electoral process has not improved but had deteriorated since the 5 January general polls.
“The entire electoral system may collapse, if the loopholes are not plugged,” he added.
Sujan, the local platform that oversees the electoral process in the country organised the press conference titled “Municipal Election: What Kind of Mayors We Have Got”.
On December 30, elections to 234 municipalities were held across the country.
He alleged that many candidates were forced to quit the electoral race and voters in many places could not cast votes.
On voters’ turnout in the polls, he said about 72.93 per cent votes were cast in the polls.
He however termed casting of 90 per cent votes in five municipalities and over 80 per cent votes in 74 municipalities as unbelievable.
The press conference was informed that of the winners, 95 mayors are higher educated. Of them, 73 are from the ruling Awami League, 13 from BNP and the rest nine are from independent.
Sujan president M Hafiz Uddin Khan, Dilip Kumar Sarker and Engr Musbahul Alam, among others, were present on the occasion.