Beaten Awami League mayoral candidate Badar Uddin Ahmad Kamran demanded re-election at 13 polling centres in Sylhet alleging that massive irregularities were carried out by the supporters of Bangladesh Nationalist Party candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury during Monday’s poll.
He made the claim accusing Arif’s supporters of casting false votes, stuffing ballot boxes, snatching ballot papers, forcing his agents out of the polling centres, driving out voters from the polling stations, firing shots and aiming firearm on him.
Kamran brought the allegations in a written petition filed with the returning officer Md Alimuzzaman, also Sylhet regional election officer, on Wednesday afternoon, the official sources said.
Assistant returning officer Mohammad Emdadul Haque confirmed New Age the matter when contacted. He said that Kamran filed the petition on Wednesday afternoon through a representative.
‘The authorities concerned are looking into the complaints,’ the assistant returning officer told New Age.
Earlier on Tuesday, Kamran demanded re-election at 17 polling centres in the city on the same grounds.
The polling centres of Police-Line High School, Blu-Bird School and College, Khasdabir Govt Primary School, Biresh Chandra High School, Mainunnessa Girls High School, Government Deaf and Dumb School, Dargah Gate Government Primary School, Mirabazar Model High School, Kazi Jalal Uddin Girls High School, Bakhtiar Bibi Govt Primary School and Shahjalal Upa-Shahar High School are among the thirteen polling centres where Kamran demanded re-election.
District BNP general secretary Ali Ahmed, also member secretary in the Arif’s election coordination committee, termed the allegations of Kamran as ridiculous.
‘They [AL] had committed massive irregularities in the polling, but now trying to put the blame upon the BNP’s shoulder,’ he added.
The election commission on Wednesday issued a directive to hold voting again at two polling centres, which was suspended due to clash among the rival candidates of ward councillor, on August 11.
The joint-secretary in the EC sub-division 2, Farhad Ahammad Khan, issued the directive on behalf of the election commission.
According to the results of 132 out of 134 polling centres, BNP mayoral candidate Arif bagged the highest 90,496 votes while his nearest contestant Kamran got 85,870 votes.
The number of total votes of the two suspended centres is 4,787 and the difference between the secured votes of Arif and Kamran is 4,626, the regional election office sources said.
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