Many voters could not cast their vote in the Sylhet city polls on Monday because of massive irregularities, including casting of false votes, capture of police stations and ballot stuffing, by ruling Awami League activists.
Talking to New Age in front of Sylhet Government Alia Madrassah Centre-3,
female voter Samina Begum said that a group of some 25 youths chanting slogans in favour of AL candidate entered the booths when the law-enforcers asked the voters in long queues to move away to escape chaos and the youths started stuffing ballot boxes in front of the polling officers and agents.
‘I was forced to leave the polling station without casting my vote,’ she alleged.
Rayhan, a member of the district bar association, said that he went to MC College Shishu School Centre at about 10:30am when the polling officer informed him that his vote was already cast.
‘I had nothing to do, but to thank the unknown person for lessening my labour by casting my vote,’ he said, adding that many others like him failed to exercise their democratic rights.
A polling agent of the BNP mayoral candidate alleged to the reporters that the local leaders of AL and its front organisations drove him out of the polling station Barnamala Primary School at Bagbari at about 2:30pm and then started stuffing ballots boxes.
A supporter of BNP mayoral candidate, Babul Ahmad, claimed that BNP activists also captured polling station where they were influential.
Besides, supporters of AL, BNP and Jamaat clashed at 15 polling stations in the city, panicking the voters, especially the female voters, forcing them to go back home without casting their votes, witnesses said.
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