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Khaleque: BNP crying foul

  • Published at 03:41 pm May 15th, 2018
Khaleque: BNP crying foul
Awami League mayoral candidate in Khulna city polls Talukder Abdul Khaleque speaking to reporters at the Election Commission control room in the city's Shonadanga Divisional Women's Sports Complex on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

The Awami League mayor runner says the Election Commission would have taken steps if the rival party’s allegations were true.

BNP’s allegations of irregularities and vote rigging in the Khulna City Corporation election are baseless, says Awami League’s mayoral candidate Talukder Abdul Khaleque.

Speaking to reporters at the Election Commission control room in the city's Shonadanga Divisional Women's Sports Complex Tuesday evening, he said: “BNP candidate Nazrul Islam Monju’s allegation that we influenced the results of the vote is unacceptable.”

“BNP has been raising such false allegation from the beginning to spoil the election atmosphere. These are baseless. He (Monju) has been saying this every day. The Election Commission would have taken steps if their allegations were true,” said the ruling party leader.

Responding to a query, Khaleque said, if elected mayor, he would work together with Monju for the city’s development.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission and Returning Officer of the polls Yunus Ali have claimed that the overall balloting throughout the day was fair and peaceful, except a handful of incidents of irregularities.

Voting at only three polling centres were cancelled after some people snatched ballot boxes from those centres, said election officials.

Apart from them, they said, immediate measures were taken to disperse the groups of people who attempted to create disorder at several other centres.

BNP leader Monju earlier in the day had claimed that Awami League leaders and activists took over a number of polling centres in several wards across the city.

He also alleged that BNP’s polling agents were forced out from the centres too by the ruling party men.

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