Amid allegations from the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of capturing some polling stations, vote fraud and violence in some places, the Khulna City Corporation election ends today (Tuesday). The voter turnout was reportedly around 50 percent.
The voting process began at 8 am and ended at 4 pm without any break. During the voting process, voting in three polling centers was suspended due to irregularities.
According to returning officer Yunus Ali, voting in Labanchora Government Primary School and ward no 31 ward councilor office were suspended due to snatching of ballot papers and forced balloting.
Presiding officer Khalilur Rahman said a group of miscreants snatched ballot papers at a polling station in Khulna Government Iqbal Nagar School around 10:30 am and sealed all the papers. So, they had to suspend the voting there.
Another incident took place at Fatema High School in ward no 22 where the voting was also suspended due to false balloting.
To disrupt the voting process, unidentified miscreants blasted two bombs in front of the Khulna Government Women College around 3:30 pm.
A total of five mayoral candidates, 148 general councilor and 38 reserved-seat female councilor candidates are there in the election race.
Five mayoral candidates, 148 general councilors, and 38 reserved-seat female councilor candidates are there in the election race.
The mayoral contenders are Awami League’s Talukder Abdul Khalek, Nazrul Islam Manju of BNP, Jatiya Party’s Shafiqur Rahman Mushfiq, Islami Andolan Bangladesh’s Maulana Mozammil Haque and CPB’s Mizanur Rahman Babu.