Awami League mayoral candidate Badar Uddin Ahmad Kamran on Tuesday demanded re-election at 17 polling centres alleging massive irregularities and casting false votes by the supporters of Bangladesh Nationalist Party candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury.
‘The right of vote of the people would be taken back through movements, if the steps to hold re-election at these polling centres are not taken,’ Kamran claimed.
He came up with the complaints while talking to the reporters at his Chharar Par residence in the city in the afternoon.
Kamran claimed that the supporters of BNP intimidated him on Monday morning while he went to visit the Khasdadar Govt Primary School polling station in the city.
‘At one state, the BNP men forcibly pushed me out of the police station pointing guns at me and then they run festival of casting false votes,’ he alleged.
He alleged that the leaders and activists of BNP and its front organisations snatched ballots from different polling centres, including Roynagar Govt Primary School centre and Kazi Jalal Uddin Girls High School centre, rearing badges of the Boat (symbol of AL) and stuffed these ballots in the boxes after stamping on the rice sheaf (symbol of BNP).
‘We do not agree with the results of those polling centres where police were compelled to open fires. Re-election must be arranged in these polling centres, otherwise the people will take to the streets to get back their right to vote,’ Kamran claimed.
BNP’s mayor candidate Arif, however, urged all to accept the results of Monday’s city election after pledging to work together with all quarters for development of the city.
‘I already declared of not bringing out any procession in the city celebrating the victory of the mayoral election. Because, it was the victory of the city dwellers, of the democracy,’ he told.