11TH JS ELECTIONS

183 candidates report electoral fraud to BNP office

Staff Correspondent | Published: 03:08, Jan 12,2019

 
 

Bangladesh Nationalist Party central office has so far received reports on electoral fraud in the December 30 general election from 183 of the 298 candidates who contested the polls with BNP’s electoral symbol sheaf of paddy.
Party sources said that 120 of the candidates could meet the deadline for submission of the reports that expired on Thursday.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told New Age on Friday that 183 of the 298 candidates had so far submitted the reports on electoral fraud in the respective constituency.
The reports contained information and evidence of violence, arrests, attacks on candidates, supporters and opposition leaders and activists, ouster of polling agents, capture of polling stations and stuffing of ballot boxes, he said.
A number of BNP candidates said that they submitted the reports along with evidences in compact discs.
He expressed hope that the rest 115 candidates would submit the reports within a day or two as central leaders were communicating with the candidates.
Parties in the Jatiya Oikya Front — BNP, Gono Forum, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal faction, Nagorik Oikya and Krishak Sramik Janata League — and the BNP-led alliance contested the elections with sheaf of paddy.
The front got only eight seats — BNP six and Gono Forum two — while the ruling Awami League-led ‘grand alliance’ won 288 of the 299 constituencies, where the polls were held.
On January 3, BNP issued a letter asking the candidates who contested the 11th parliamentary elections with sheaf of paddy to submit reports of electoral fraud committed in their respective constituency to the party central office in a week.
The letter signed by Ruhul Kabir Rizvi called for the reports containing information and evidences of injured candidate or family, confinement and damage of their property by law enforcers and ruling Awami League activists, intimidation, assault and arrest of polling agents, coordinator of the candidate, ouster of the polling agents, capture of polling stations and stuffing of ballot boxes.
It also asked for information and photos of electoral fraud at polling stations at the night before the polling day and during the polling, information of abnormal polling, details about the leaders, activists and supporters killed, injured and affected in attacks by law enforcers and AL activists before, during and after the polls, copy of general diaries or cases filed with police stations or courts seeking remedy of electoral crimes or the copy of general diaries or cases rejected by the authorities concerned.

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