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Wednesday November 22, 2017 03:04 AM



  • Awami League sweep elections

    Awami League sweep elections

    The ruling Awami League came out on top in the first ever partisan municipality polls held yesterday in 234 areas of the country with a sweeping victory over arch rival BNP.

    According to unofficial results, mayoral candidates running with the Awami League’s “country boat” symbol won in 178 municipalities, seven of them elected uncontested. On the other hand, those contesting with BNP’s “sheaf of paddy” won in just 23. Main opposition parliament Jatiya Party bagged just one.

  • Mixed reviews from monitors

    Election observers said on Wednesday that municipal elections appeared to be free despite some irregularities at polling centres, but added that they had not yet received reports from all 234 municipalities where elections are being held.

    “So far so good,” said Najmul Ahsan Kalimullah, chairman of Janipop. He said some election violence is not uncommon around the world and Bangladesh is no exception.

    Kalimullah said a new dimension to elections was apparent this time around.

  • CEC: Municipal polls largely peaceful

    CEC: Municipal polls largely peaceful

    Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmad yesterday said the elections in 234 municipalities had largely been peaceful, except in Madhabdi where voting was suspended.

    He said the total number of polling stations across the country was 3,554, and voting was postponed at 50.

    The CEC was addressing a press briefing
    to present the overall picture of the
    polls at the Election Commission in the afternoon.

    Thanking reporters, Rakibuddin said actions were taken immediately wherever irregularities were reported.

  • AL: Elections free and fair

    The Awami League has thanked the BNP for staying in the race until the end of the municipal polls, which the ruling party said has been peaceful, free, fair and neutral.

    “This election was peaceful unlike many past local elections where there were incidents of violence. People were doubtful about whether the BNP would stay in the election until the end. I thank the BNP for participating in the polls and staying until the end,” Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, joint secretary general of the party, told journalists yesterday.

  • BNP alleges fraud, demands re-polling

    The BNP yesterday accused the government of rigging votes and demanded re-elections in municipalities where polling centres had been occupied by ruling party men.

    Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the party, said in a press briefing after voting ended in the afternoon: “Our apprehension about a farcical election just came true.”

    Fakhrul said fair elections were not possible as long as this government is in office.

  • Voting suspended at 50 centres

    Yesterday’s maiden partisan municipal polls saw voting suspended in 50 polling centres across the country, Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Rakibuddin Ahmed told journalists at a press conference last night.

    In Narshingdi’s Madhabdi municipality, the election was cancelled entirely after all twelve of the area’s polling centres were besieged by violent clashes.

    The Election Commission has not yet announced when the Madhabdi election will be held.

  • Polling day attacks on media

    In separate incidents, at least six journalists were attacked yesterday while covering news during the municipal elections.

    Four journalists from different media houses were beaten up in Moulvibazar by local thugs. The attack happened as the journalists were covering news at Mazar Government Primary School centre in Moulvibazar Sadar municipality.

    The injured are: SA TV journalist Panna Datta, Somoy TV’s Oliur Rahman, daily Kaler Kantha Moulvibazar correspondent Abdul Hamid Mahbub, and banglanews24.com district correspondent Mahbubur Rahman Sohel.

  • Election violence claims one life, leaves scores injured

    Attacks on mayoral candidates took place during the municipal elections yesterdayBangladesh’s first partisan municipal elections ended yesterday amid reports of violent clashes that left one dead and scores injured.

    In Chittagong’s Satkania upazila, Nurul Alam, 48, was killed during an exchange of gunfire between the supporters of rival Awami League council candidates.

    The slain blanket shop owner based in Maheshkhali upazila in Cox’s Bazar district had returned home to Satkania to vote.

  • 40 mayor aspirants pull out of race

    40 mayor aspirants pull out of race

    At least 40 mayoral aspirants in 22 districts have boycotted the elections raising allegation of massive vote rigging.

    One of them is from Awami League, eight are its rebels, 22 from BNP, one is its rebel, three are from Jatiya Party, three independent candidates, and one each from Islami Andolan Bangladesh and Islami Shahontontro Andolon.

    Awami League candidate is Kamrul Ahsan Maharaj from Barguna Sadar Municipality. 

    Kamrul made the announcement of his withdrawal around 11:30am saying that the local administrations was bias.

  • Massive vote rigging in Jessore

    Vote rigging was rampant in Jessore Sadar municipality yesterday, with ruling party  supporters found to be occupying the majority of polling centres since the early hours of the day.

    The Dhaka Tribune also found that law enforcers played a silent role when agents of opposition and rebel candidates were forced out of the centres in front of them.

  • Festive polls atmosphere in Badarganj

    Putting aside fear of violence in the election day, voters in Badarganj municipality, Rangpur yesterday cast their votes amid festivity as no toward incident took place in the municipality area.

    AL candidate wins in mayoral race

    Awami League’s mayoral candidate Uttam Kumar Saha won the election in the municipality defeating his nearest rival independent candidate Ajijul Haque. 

  • Good turnout in Rajshahi municipalities

    The turnout of voters was around 60% in Naogaon, 65% in Rajshahi, 80% in Chapainawabganj, 65% in Sirajganj, 70% in Pabna, 65% in Bogra and 60% in Joypurhat.

    However, there were also a few incidents of violence, and six BNP members were reportedly beaten by Awami League men during yesterday’s polls in Rajshahi division.

    Of them, five were assaulted in Natore and the other in Bogra.

    Sirajganj and Pabna also saw polls-time violence. An inter-party clash between members of the Awami League and the BNP in Pabna left two injured.

  • Voters brave dense fog to cast votes

    It was 7:30am, although a polling centre in Keshorhat municipality was wrapped with dense fog, then about 30 people came to the centre to exercise their right of casting vote.

    Amena Khatun, 45, came with her daughter to Keshorhat High School to cast her vote.

    She said: “After many days, I get chance to cast my vote, I am not sure whether I would get chance in future to cast my vote or not, because we cannot predict our political situation. I came here in the early morning because I wanted to cast my vote of my own.”

  • Mayhem in Mirkadim

    What had started to be a peaceful day of voting slowly turned into a day of intimidation and fear as followers of Awami League-backed mayoral candidate in Mirkadim municipality, Munshiganj requested, threatened and barred voters from going to polling centres yesterday.

    Shortly after the voting started at 8am, Awami League candidate Shahidul Islam Shahin entered to polling centres – Rekabi Bazar High School and Rekabi Bazar Girls’ High School – with his supporters and started chanting loudly in support of the boat symbol.

  • Shenanigans in Sreepur polling centre

    A police official and two Ansar members were seen stamping ballot papers at Booth 4 of Mawna Bohumukhi High School polling centre in Gazipur’s Sreepur municipality yesterday afternoon.

    Around 3:15pm, the three law enforcement members were seen stamping ballot papers and casting the votes with the door of the booth wide open.

    When the Dhaka Tribune tried to get a photo of the vote rigging on a mobile phone, the police member, Sub-Inspector Khorshed Alam, according to his name tag, stopped the reporters and asked them to leave the centre quickly.

  • 85% votes cast despite low voter turnout in Chalna

    When the gates of KC Pilot School polling centre in Chalna municipality, Khulna opened at 8am yesterday, there were no voters waiting outside.

    A few minutes later, five individuals hesitantly approached the centre, entering it after much consideration.

    In the first 15 minutes of the municipal elections yesterday, only eight voters came to cast their votes at KC Pilot School centre in Chalna.

    At 8:45am, there were only eight female voters waiting in queue at one of the booths; All other booths were empty.

  • 85% votes cast despite low voter turnout in Chalna

    When the gates of KC Pilot School polling centre in Chalna municipality, Khulna opened at 8am yesterday, there were no voters waiting outside.

    A few minutes later, five individuals hesitantly approached the centre, entering it after much consideration.

    In the first 15 minutes of the municipal elections yesterday, only eight voters came to cast their votes at KC Pilot School centre in Chalna.

    At 8:45am, there were only eight female voters waiting in queue at one of the booths; All other booths were empty.

  • 2015: Remarkable for judiciary

    Execution of three top war criminals, quick verdicts in a number of much-talked criminal cases and some orders of the apex court on public interest issues made 2015 a memorable year for the judiciary.

    After the appeals were rejected by the apex court, the government executed the three notorious war criminals – Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.

  • 2015: Remarkable for judiciary

    Execution of three top war criminals, quick verdicts in a number of much-talked criminal cases and some orders of the apex court on public interest issues made 2015 a memorable year for the judiciary.

    After the appeals were rejected by the apex court, the government executed the three notorious war criminals – Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.

  • Bangladesh envoy to Pakistan recalled

    The Foreign Ministry has instructed the Bangladesh High Commissioner to Pakistan, Suhrab Hosain, to report back to Dhaka as soon as possible.

    “We sent him an official letter asking him to come back to Bangladesh as soon as possible,” a senior official of the ministry said yesterday seeking anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to media.

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