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25 March, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 25 March, 2019 01:18:26 AM

Stray incidents mark 3rd phase of upazila polls

AL activist killed in Kushtia post-poll violence
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka with our correspondents
Stray incidents mark 3rd phase of upazila polls

Just like the first and second phases, the third-phase Upazila Parishad (UZ) elections were held by and large peacefully barring some stray incidents. A thin voter turnout, as in the past two phases, marked this phase as well. After completion of the voting process, the Election Commission (EC) said the third phase of the UZ polls were held in a free, fair and peaceful manner with a turnout of 40-45 per cent.

Some chairman candidates, mostly AL rebels, boycotted the upazila polls, brining allegations of vote rigging and violence.  Voting was suspended in several upazilas following the allegations of huge irregularities. Several independent candidates as well as ruling Awami League candidates boycotted the third-phase polls following election irregularities in their respective upazilas. An activist of ruling Awami League (AL) was killed in post-poll violence in Mirpur Upazila of Kushtia yesterday evening.

Some people, including policeman, suffered bullet injuries in separate clashes centring the polls.

The third-phase election was held in 117 upazilas under 25 districts. Voting began at 8am and continued till 4pm without a break.

Vote counting was on till the filing of this report.

According to our local correspondents, voting at all centres of Katiadi upazila in Kishoreganj has been suspended following the allegations of ballot stuffing on the eve of the polling day. Besides, Kishoreganj additional police super Shafiqul Islam and Katiadi police station officer-in-charge Shamsuddin  have been withdrawn due to their alleged involvement in vote rigging.

In Mymensing district, voting to five polling stations was suspended over the allegation of ballot stuffing at night before the elections.

In Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar districts, five people, including a policeman, suffered bullet injuries in separate clashes.

A constable was injured by shotgun pellets in a clash between the supporters of the AL candidate and law enforcers at a polling centre in Chandanaish upazila in Chattogram. The incident occurred when supporters of Nazim, who is contesting under the ‘boat’ symbol, tried to take control of the Purbo Chandanaish Primary School polling centre around 9am

yesterday. AL men opened fire at the police, forcing the cops to retaliate.

Following the incident, voting has been suspended in the polling centre.

In Cox’s Bazar, the supporters of two candidates traded fire near the Noknama Government Primary School polling centre in Pekua upazila around 9:30am. At least four people suffered bullet injuries in the incident.  

UNB adds: An Awami League activist was killed in an attack by rivals in Mirpur Upazila of Kushtia after the election yesterday evening.

The deceased was identified as Ujjal Pramanik, 35, son of Abdul Aziz of Lakshmipur village in the upazila.

Witnesses said AL supporters brought out a procession around 7pm after the vote counting in Paharpur-Lakshmipur School polling center as their candidate bagged large number of votes in the upazila parishad elections.

When the procession reached Haziwahedmor area of the village, Jasad supporters attacked the procession and Ujjal was severely injured. Later, doctors declared him dead after he was taken to the Upazila Health Complex.

OC of Mirpur PS Abul Kalam said the cause of the death will be clear after getting the post-mortem report.

Meanwhile, supporters of a candidate allegedly vandalised seven houses of the Hindu community after the voting in upazila polls ended in Tikari village of Sadar upazila in Jhenaidah last night.

Witnesses said the supporters of AL candidate Abdur Rashid attacked and vandalised the houses as they were supporters of independent candidate JM Rashid. OC of Sadar PS Mizanur Rahman Khan said additional forces were deployed in the area to fend off any unwanted situation.

Our Manikganj correspondent reports: The third-phase of UZ polls in seven upazilas of the district were held peacefully amid a low turnout yesterday.

In Daulatpur, all the chairman candidates, except AL-nominated Nurul Islam Raza, boycotted the election over allegations of vote rigging. The alleged irregularities include forcing the agents of other candidates out of polling centres and casting of false votes at different polling centres.

Those who boycotted the UZ polls are Manikganj district AL advisor Abdul Kader (pineapple symbol) and AL’s former upazila general secretary Aminur Rahman (horse symbol).

Abdul Kader alleged that his polling agent had been threatened of being forced out of the centre. "Voters could not cast their vote according to their choices, So, I decided to boycott the polls," he said.

“I was surprised to see that no booth was covered. The agents also pressed people to stamp the ballot paper in front of polling officers,” he added.

Meanwhile, an assistant presiding officer, Ruhul Amin, was detained on the charge of sealing for boat symbol at the Zionpur Khan Para Government Primary School centre in the upazila. SM Ferdous, deputy commissioner of the district, confirmed the matter.

Daulatpur upazila election officer Abdul Momin said: "Ruhul Amin was trying to cast ballot papers in favour of the boat symbol. He is an assistant teacher of Khord Chhatian Government Primary School of Daulatpur. The matter was exposed to the law enforcers, who informed the topic to the returning officer. Later, Ruhul Amin was detained."

In Manikganj Sadar upazila, voting started more than two hours after the scheduled time due to a mechanical error in the electronic voting machine (EVM) at the Matte Government Primary Boys School polling centre.

Abu Bakar Siddique, presiding officer at the centre, said: "Voting was not possible due to the mechanical problem. Voting started here from 10:20 am after the machine was repaired by a team of Army personnel." Mechanical problems of the EVM also hampered voting in 10 more centres in Sadar upazila.

District election officer Kazi Mohammad Mostafizul Haq Akand said the polling was almost peaceful, except some stray incidents.

In the third-phase UZ polls in Manikganj, AL candidates have been elected unopposed for the post of Sadar, Saturia, Harimpur and Shibalaya upazilas. In total, 10 candidates, some supported by the AL and others rebel, are contesting for the post of chairman in the remaining Ghior, Daulatpur and Singair upazilas. As many as 49 candidates are contesting for the male vice-chairman posts and 32 for female vice-chairpersomn posts in the seven upazilas.

In Jhenidah, at least five persons were injured and four others detained in separate incidents during polling yesterday. The injured were rushed to the Saillkupa upazila health complex. Further, the polls at the Iswarba Dakhil Madrasha polling centre was suspended following the casting of fake votes.

Locals said the supporters of AL candidate Nayeb Ali Joarder and independent candidate Mosarraf Hossain Sona were locked in a fierce clash in Uttar Murzapur and Dharampara areas in Sailkpa around 10.30pm. At least 5 persons, including Hasibul, Sabuj, Ajmal and Amanat, were injured during the clash. Later, they were rushed to the upazila health complex. Law enforcers detained 4 persons when they allegedly entered the polling centre at Baroipara Government Primary School centre in the same upazila. Later, it was found they they were carrying some food for the people at the polling centre.

The 4th-phase UZ polls will be held on March 31 and the last phase is likely to be held on June 18. This is the 5th local body polls to be held in the country. The first UP election was held in 1985, followed by in 1990, 2009 and 2014. The last one was held in six phases. In the 1st and 2nd phases of local government elections, AL men, without any surprise, bagged majority of the chairman posts.



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