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BNP receives complaints from sheaf of paddy candidates

  • Published at 04:36 pm January 11th, 2019
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One of their complaints was that opposition candidates were barred from electioneering

Most sheaf of paddy candidates—that participated in the recently-held 11th parliamentary election—have submitted complaints to BNP about various alleged irregularities they witnessed during voting day. 

Confirming the matter to the Dhaka Tribune, the BNP Chairperson's Press Wing Officer Shamsuddin Didar said: “Candidates from BNP and its coalition members have been submitting complaints about irregularities that took place during the parliamentary polls in each of their constituencies.

“They are submitting these complaints to BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, either in-person at the party’s Gulshan office, or by mail and courier.” 

He added that the procedure began shortly after Jatiya Oikya Front submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission demanding a fresh general election and the cancellation of the results of 11th parliamentary polls earlier in January.

Shamsuddin Didar furthered: “After compiling a list of complaints from every corner of the country, the candidates will file lawsuits with the election tribunal from their constituencies.

The majority of the candidates have already submitted their complaints.

On January 3, an Oikya Front delegation, led by BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, at 3pm, handed over a memorandum and some documents to Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda at the commission’s office in Dhaka.

The documents included allegations of irregularities during the election, including: the creation of obstacles to obtaining nominations, the “mysterious role” of the EC and returning officers in scrutinizing nomination papers, the arrest of candidates, the discouragement of  local and foreign observers, the creation of barriers to electioneering by opposition candidates, the control of social and mass media, and preventing the army from intervening.

The delegation also submitted a memorandum to the commission demanding the repeal of the election results, and the holding of elections under a non-partisan government.