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14 January, 2020 12:38:25 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 14 January, 2020 05:52:19 PM
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AL’s Moslem wins Ctg-8 by-polls

CTG-8 BY-election
UNB, Chattogram
AL’s Moslem wins Ctg-8 by-polls
A BGB vehicle yesterday patrols a polling centre of Chattogram-8 constituency during a by-election to the parliamentary seat which fell vacant following the death of Moin Uddin Khan Badal. Star Mail photo

Awami League (AL) candidate Moslem Uddin Ahmed was unofficially declared elected in the Chattogram-8 by-polls yesterday while BNP candidate Abu Sufian demanded suspension of by-polls mentioning various anomalies, including taking control of polling stations by AL activists. Returning Officer Md Hasanuzzaman announced the unofficial results after the vote count ended in the evening. He said the voter turnout in the election was only 23 per cent. Moslem Uddin bagged 87,246 votes while his nearest rival Abu Sufian of BNP polled 17,935. Earlier, voting in the by-polls was held from 9am to 5pm amid allegations of  victory in the polls with a margin of two lakh votes over his rival. During his campaigning in different areas of the city yesterday, Taposh promised to ensure all basic civic facilities for the DSCC residents within 90 days of his taking oath as the mayor. “If I get elected in the upcoming city polls, DSCC will be rebuilt in accordance with my 30-year mega plan for the city in a bid to make Dhaka active, healthy and modern,” he said. Expressing firm optimism on his victory, the AL nominated candidate said the residents of Dhaka south are responding well to his call and they are taking part in his campaign with enthusiasm.  

Meanwhile, the AL nominated candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) elections, Atiqul Islam, yesterday conducted his polls campaigning in the city’s Khilgaon area. During his campaigning, Atiqul promised to build a better city for the residents. He also alleged that his rival BNP candidate Tabith Awal is spreading falsehood that they (BNP leaders and supporters) were obstructed in carrying out poll campaigning. Meanwhile, the BNP backed mayoral candidates have expressed their apprehensions over holding of free and fair city elections.

Talking to reporters, BNP mayoral candidate for Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Tabith Awal yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) is yet to take any visible effort to assure the people that they would be able to cast their votes freely.   

“I apprehend that this election won’t be free and fair one as the EC itself is playing a questionable role…and making different controversial statements,” he alleged.

Tabith, who was carrying out electioneering in Karwan Bazar and Tejgaon areas, further alleged that the BNP backed candidates were receiving threats while many have been detained. Attacks have been carried out on the election offices, he alleged.  

“But there is no remedy even when complaints are filed with the EC,” he said.

Referring to attacks on his election campaign allegedly by his opponent activists, he asked, “Where are the Election Commissioners?”

Tabith, campaigning with the sheaf of paddy symbol, sought votes from residents in Tejkunipara, Science College and Church area of Tejgaon yesterday. BNP Standing Committee Member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain accompanied him.

Speaking at a roadside rally, Tabith called upon the people to cast their vote for the sheaf of paddy as part of the movement to free party Chairperson Khaleda Zia and restore democracy.

He issued a note of warning to his supporters that illegal casting of votes in the city polls before the election day must not be allowed.

Earlier, he visited the grave of BNP founder and former president Zaiur Rahman and placed a wreath.

Meanwhile, BNP mayoral candidate for Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) Ishraque Hossain also alleged that a situation is being created to allow vote-rigging and manipulation.

The DSCC mayoral candidate said this while talking to reporters as Ishraque began poll campaign from his Gopibagh residence in the capital yesterday.

Replying to a question, the BNP candidate said an atmosphere now prevails where rival candidates are resorting to repression on his activists. “It cannot be termed a level playing filed,” he lamented.

Ishraque, son of late mayor of undivided Dhaka City Sadeque Hossain Khoka, called upon the EC to reconsider its decision of using Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in the city polls, claiming that the EVMs leave possibilities for manipulation of the poll results.

Ishraque said he was getting a very good response from the city dwellers in his poll campaigning.

Some senior BNP leader have also alleged that suspicions among the people are growing as the authorities concerned have not yet taken any measure to create a congenial atmosphere for holding neutral elections.

BNP Standing Committee Member Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said the people do not believe that holding a free and fair election is possible under the present government.

BNP joins the polls in a bid to uphold democracy and to expose the mask of the government and the EC, he said.

Talking to The Independent, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said it was a matter of great concern that the Election Commission has remained firm in its decision to use EVMs in the elections.

The BNP leader claimed that the EC has decided to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) to ensure victory for the ruling party candidates, taking a stance against the country’s people.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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