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BNP: TIB report troubles govt, EC

  • Published at 05:49 pm January 17th, 2019
File photo of BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Courtesy

BNP leader Rizvi also alleged that ruling party men are continuing attacks and repression on opposition leaders and activists throughout the country

Opposition BNP on Thursday alleged that Transparency International Bangladesh's(TIB) report on irregularities in the December 30 general election has caused ‘heartburn’ both to the government and the Election Commission (EC).

"The government and the EC cannot hide their faces as TIB has unveiled the absolute truth of vote robbery,"said BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, reports UNB.

Speaking at a press conference at BNP's Naya Paltan central office, he said:"Now the EC and government are making abortive efforts to hide the facts with their screams."

TIB has labelled the December 30 general election as 'controversial',saying there had been polls irregularities in 47 out of the 50 constituencies it surveyed randomly during the polls.

Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda and Information Minister Hasan Mahmud on Wednesday trashed the TIB report on vote fraud, calling it inauthentic and fictitious.

“This report is totally wrong and baseless. We absolutely reject it. Newspapers also did not run reports either on such irregularities,” Chief Election Commissioner Nurul Huda said.

“TIB in its report conveniently forgot to mention that several Awami League members had been killed in election violence. It is unprecedented to nominate 800 people for 300 seats, and BNP shamelessly did it. There is no mention of this nomination trade in the TIB report. It amply proves that the study is a figment of their imagination,” said Information Minister Hasan Mahmud.

Rizvi, however,said the people are aware of what had happened the night before election day, and credible international organizations had also published their reports on vote robbery.

"Different democratic countries of the world termed the election as questionable. They did not recognize this election of fake votes. The global community also termed the election the worst one in Bangladesh history," he added.

The BNP leader also said the ruling party deprived voters of exercising their right to franchise,in order to hang onto power and maintain their absolute authority.

He warned that people will restore democracy and their voting rights, even by sacrificing their lives, if necessary.

He also alleged that ruling party men are continuing attacks and repression on BNP leaders and activists throughout the country.

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