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11th general polls: Brahmanbaria 2 voters face challenges while voting

  • Published at 06:40 pm January 9th, 2019
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Map of Brahmanbaria district

Many voters complained that they had to go back home to get their national identity (NID)cards

Re-voting in three polling centres of Brahmanbaria 2 constituency, where voting had been suspended during the 11th general election on December 30, has ended.

The re-voting started at Jatrapur Government Primary School, Bahadurpur Government Primary School and Sohagpur Dakkhin Government Primary School at 8am on Wednesday,and continued uninterrupted until 4pm.

However, many voters complained that they had to go back home to get their national identity (NID)cards.

They said due to the undeclared rule, many people returned home without voting.

KhurshidAlam, a voteratJatrapurcentre, said: "I was sent home from the voting line. After bringing mynational ID card from home, I was given the opportunity to vote."

Another voter, Ratan Mia, said:"I also had to return home and come back to vote with the national identity card."

Many were unable to vote as they had lost their NID cards.

It was a kind of harassment,the votersclaimed.

While talking to reporters, District Returning Officer and Deputy Commissioner Hayat-ud-Dowla Khan said thatnational ID cards are not mandatory for voting.

"After hearing about the incident, I immediately resolved the problem. Voting went on normally after that," he said.

Earlier, the Election Commission had decided to suspend voting at the three polling centres due to various irregularitiesduringthe December 30 general election.