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57 candidates boycott election

  • Published at 07:39 pm December 30th, 2018
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A motorcycle was torched during a clash between supporters of Awami League and BNP at Sylhet's Madina Market Pathan Tula Jamia Madrasa voting centre on Sunday; December 30, 2018 Focus Bangla

They include 49 aspirants of Jatiya Oikya Front and BNP-led 20-party Alliance

A total of 57 candidates, including 49 from the Jatiya Oikya Front and BNP-led 20-party Alliance, boycotted Sunday's 11th general election.

Almost all of them pulled out of the race halfway through voting, citing various irregularities, including vote rigging and capturing of polling stations by ruling Awami League activists, reports UNB.

The balloting was held in 299 constituencies across the country between 8am and 4pm.

Candidates blessed by Oikya Front and BNP who boycotted the election included Mohammad Shahjahan (Noakhali 4), Fahim Chowdhury (Sherpur 2), Mahmudul Haque Rubel (Sherpur 3), Mia Golam Parwar (Khulna 5), Abul Kalam Azad (Khulna 6), Rafiqul Islam Bakul (Khulna 3), Azizul Bari Helal (Khulna 4), Mir Ezaz Khan (Khulna 1), Iqbal Hossain (Pabna 5), Gazi Nazrul Islam (Satkhira 4), Moniruzzaman Montu (Nilphamari 2), Azizul Islam (Nilphamari 3), JM Nurur Rahman (Barishal 4), Rumana Rashid Kanak Chapa (Sirajganj 1), Rumana Mahmud (Sirajganj 2), Abdul Mannan Talukder (Sirajganj 3), Rafiqul Islam Khan (Sirajganj 4), Masud Rana (Bagerhat 1), MA Salam (Bagerhat 2), Abdul Wadud (Bagerhat 3), Abdul Alim (Bagerhat 4), AKM Nasir Uddin (Shariatpur 1), Shafiqur Rahman Kiron (Shariatpur 2) and M Samsuzzoha Khan (Naogaon 2).

Others are Hazi Amin Ur Rashid Yasin (Comilla 6), Anwarul Azim (Comilla 9), Abu Yusuf Md Khalilur Rahman (Joypurhat 2), Sarkar Shahidul Islam (Tangail 1), Samsul Alam Tofa (Tangail 2), Lutfar Rahman Khan Azad (Tangail 3), Gautam Chakraborty (Tangail 6), Abul Kalam Azad (Tangail 7), Shahidul Alam (Satkhira 3), Mofikul Hasan (Jessore 1), Abu Sayeed Mohammad Sahadat Hossain (Jessore 2), TS Ayub (Jessore 4), M Wakkas (Jessore 5), Iqbal Hossain (Pabna 5), Habibur Rahman Habib (Pabna 4), KM Anwarul Islam (Pabna 3), Golam Mohammad Siraj (Bogra 5), Masuma Momin (Bogra 3), Mosharaf Hossain (Chandpur 1), Jalal Uddin (Chandpur 2), Md Harunur Rashid (Chandpur 4), Mominul Haque (Chandpur 5), Asaduzzaman (Jhenaidah 1), Motiar Rahman (Jhenaidah 3), and Saiful Islam Firoz (Jhenaidah 4). 

Apart from them, Jatiya Party candidates ASM Moktadir Titas (Joypurhat 1), Sunil Shuvo Roy (Khulna 1) and Taj Mohammad Sheikh (Bogra 5); Islami Andolan Bangladesh candidates Md Jahurul Islam (Joypurhat 1) and Abdul Naki (Joypurhat 2); independent candidates Afzal Hossain Nayan (Bogra 3), Salma Islam (Dhaka 1) and Hero Alam (Bogra 4), and renegade Awami League candidate Kamrul Hasan Bari (Jessore 5) also boycotted the polls.