Polling agents were chosen discreetly from among city residents dedicated to the party ideology
BNP sources have said the party used a different strategy to select polling agents for the Barisal City Corporation election, to that of the Khulna and Gazipur polls.
Only “strong and capable” polling agents have been selected for duty at the Barisal election, they said, adding that more than one was selected for each booth.
In case any polling agent failed to perform one’s duty, a replacement has already been lined up, the BNP officials said. The polling agents have been given special training for the Barisal election, and their names were scrutinized to make sure they were not accused in any criminal cases.
These agents were chosen discreetly from among city residents dedicated to the party ideology. However, BNP policymakers have asked the polling agents not stay at home the night before the polls to avoid harassment.
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, BNP Election Coordination Committee Member Secretary Ebaedul Haque Chan said: “Our main opponent is the administration, not a political party like Awami League. If Awami League does something wrong, we can face that politically. However, if the administration is biased and harasses our activists, what can we do?”
He added that BNP would only accept the results of the Barisal election if it was conducted in a free and fair manner like in 1970.
Mojibor Rahman Sarwar, mayoral candidate for the BNP led 20-party alliance, said: “We will stay at the polling centres till the result is declared. We have also instructed our polling agents to do the same, regardless of the situation.”
“If there are any irregularities at the Barisal city polls, we will start a movement for the fall of the ruling government,” he added.
A total of 750-800 booths will be set up at 123 polling centres in 30 wards of Barisal for the election.