Ruling Awami League candidate Nuruzzaman Biswas won the Pabna-4 by-election on Saturday while Bangladesh Nationalist Party candidate Habibur Rahman Habib boycotted the election halfway complaining of fraud and rigging.
Habib also demanded re-election to the constituency.
Returning officer Abdul Latif announced the unofficial result at night claiming that the election was fare and peaceful.
Awami League candidate Nuruzzaman Biswas bagged 2,39,924 votes, while BNP candidate Habibur got 5,576 votes and Jatiya Party candidate Rezaul Karim 374 votes.
The total number of voters were 3,81,112.
Addressing a press conference, just three and half an hour after the voting began at 9:00am, the BNP candidate demanded cancellation of the by-election alleging irregularities.
He said, ‘The Election Commission promised fair and peaceful elections. But it did not keep its words. We cannot post any polling agent at any centre. Our election campaign workers were not allowed to cast their votes. They were intimidated. Some were arrested.’
The election continued from 9:00am to 5:00pm in 129 polling centres.
Kalikapur Abdul Jabbar Smriti High School polling centre presiding officer Manojit Karmakar told New Age at 10:15am that only 30 out of 2,456 voters cast their votes until the time.
Zilhaj Uddin, presiding officer of Sahapur Shaheed Abul Qasim School polling centre, said, ‘The total number of voters at the centre is 3,317. Till 12 noon, about 10 per cent of the votes have cast their votes.’
No BNP agent was seen at any centre while the voter turnout was apparently very low.
The constituency fell vacant after the death of Shamsur Rahman Sharif Dilu, member of parliament for the constituency, on April 2, 2020.
AL organizing secretary SM Kamal at a press conference at Pabna Press Club at 1:00pm rejected the BNP candidate’s allegation and alleged that the BNP had cheated the people in the name of participating in the election.
He alleged that the BNP tried to make the election questionable.
He said the BNP fielded a candidate and did not run any election campaign at all only to claim that the election was rigged.
In Dhaka, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference at BNP central office, also complained against the election fraud.
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