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Jamaat boycotts election

  • Published at 03:11 pm December 30th, 2018
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The organization's Secretary General Dr Shafiqur Rahman has issued a statement

BNP's ally Jamaat-e-Islami, which is not a registered political party anymore, has announced its boycott of the 11th general election, alleging massive vote rigging amid ongoing voting across the country.

Jamaat Secretary General Dr Shafiqur Rahman has confirmed the party’s decision, saying 22 of its candidates contesting under the“sheaf of paddy” symbol and four others contesting independently have boycotted the polls.

The publicity wing of the party issued a statement in this regard on Sunday afternoon.

Shafiqur Rahman said: “People’s lives are in jeopardy as the government continues to attack voters and the general public on election day. Armed showdowns by ruling party cadres can be seen everywhere. Exercising franchise is far out of reach, as there is no security for people’s lives.”

“Such a lopsided election cannot be accepted under any circumstance, and that is why our candidates, who are contesting with the ‘sheaf of paddy’ symbol, have rejected and boycotted the polls in their respective constituencies,” he said. 

The Jamaat secretary general also alleged that it was understood by all at home and abroad that the election was going to be held according to the master plan of the government ever since its schedule had been announced.

“This is not an election but a farce and deception of the people of Bangladesh,“ he added.