BNP has alleged the ruling party activists of causing irregularities in at least 50 percent of the polling stations in the Khulna City Corporation election.
It claims that there is no festivity in KCC due to the ruling party. BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi called the KCC election as full of turmoil and persecution. He said, “We’ve information of the ruling party men indulging themselves with irregularities, including forcing out of our polling agents, stuffing ballots, assaulting and intimidating our supporters, in about 50 percent of the total voting centers.”
In a press conference at BNP`s Naya Paltan central office on Tuesday (May 15th), Rizvi said that BNP mayoral candidate Nazrul Islam Manju informed him of the police being involved with the Awami activists in ousting the BNP agents from 40 polling stations.
The BNP leader further alleged that the Election Commission has surrendered to the government forgetting its own authority as an independent body. He claimed that the EC has turned out to be a one-eyed man. He said the ruling party men have got desperate to indulge in election irregularities due to the inactive role of EC.
Meanwhile, the polling in two centers has been temporarily suspended on charges of casting fake vote and irregularities. Presiding Officer Ziaul Haque announced the closure of voting at Fatima High School in Ward No. 22 of the city at around 10:30 am in charge of casting the fake vote.
On the charge of irregularities, the voting in Iqbal Nagar Govt. Secondary School has also been postponed at 11:30 am.