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Demonstration demanding re-election foiled in Dhaka

  • Published at 01:55 pm January 2nd, 2019
A policeman take down the banner of demonstrating members of platform National Unity for Right to Vote and Good Governance in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Courtesy

Around 50 people had formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club

Police on Wednesday dispersed a group of people who were demonstrating in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka, demanding re-election under a non-partisan government.

About 50 people, under the banner of "National Unity for Right to Vote and Good Governance," had formed a human chain around 11am, rejecting the results of Sunday’s 11th general election.

They platform claimed the results did not reflect the people’s mandate and demanded amendment to the constitution in order to reintroduce the polls-time neutral government.

But, the platform’s Convener ABM Mostafa Amin claimed, police snatched their banners and evicted them from the spot. 

"We were forced to leave the area," he said.

Later in the afternoon, the platform in a media statement condemned the police action in their program.

The Awami League ensured its return to power for a third consecutive term by winning the general polls held on Sunday — bagged 259 seats in parliament.

Jatiya Party, which is a member of the ruling party-led Grand Alliance, had won in 22 seats; while political platform Jatiya Oikya Front and major opposition BNP together secured only seven seats.

The opposition parties have already rejected the election results and demanded fresh polls.