The BNP chief also urged voters to stay near the polling stations after casting ballots, Rizvi said
BNP chief Khaleda Zia has sent out a message to the voters from prison, urging them to go to polling centres to cast their votes in groups on Sunday, braving all odds, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said on Sunday, reports UNB.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan office on Saturday, the BNP leader said: "Our leader Khaleda Zia sent out a message from jail a few days ago to the voters and the supporters of the sheaf of paddy symbol. In her message, the chairperson said voters would get a chance to free the country from the grasp of the autocratic rule on Sunday. She called upon them to go to polling stations in groups defying all threats and intimidation.”
Rizvi further said: “The chairperson also urged the voters to guard the polling centres from Saturday afternoon and stand in line for vote from the early morning on the voting day.
“‘Stay near the polling stations after casting your ballots. Your vote can ensure people's freedom and help build a democratic Bangladesh,’” Rizvi quoted Khaleda as saying.
The BNP leader said Khaleda asked the polling agents of BNP, Jatiya Oikya Front and the 20-party alliance to check the ballot boxes before the voting starts, and not to leave the centres until getting the result sheets in their hands.
He said their party chief also directed the polling agents not to sign blank sheets without knowing the number of counted votes, and without the signatures of presiding officers.
Rizvi said Khaleda also asked the polling agents to go to the offices of returning or assistant returning officers along with the presiding officers after vote counting.
The BNP leader alleged that 11,506 of their leaders and activists had been arrested till Friday since the announcement of the election schedule on November 8, while 957 “ghost” cases hadbeen filed against opposition activists at the same time.
Rizvi further added that nine leaders and activists of their party had been killed and 13,252 others were injured in 2,089 incidents of violence during the electioneering.