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2 chairman candidates boycott UP polls, presiding officer arrested in Manikganj

  • Published at 03:34 pm March 24th, 2019
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The presiding officer was detained from a polling centre for his alleged involvement in vote rigging

Two rebel Awami League Upazila Parishad (UP) chairman candidates of Daulatpur Upazila in Manikganj, Abdul Kader and Aminur Rahman, have boycotted the third phase of UP polls alleging vote rigging.

After the alleged vote rigging on Sunday, a presiding officer was detained from a polling centre in the upazila for his alleged involvement.

Police detained Presiding Officer Ruhul Amin, also assistant teacher at the Khord Chhatiyan Government Primary School, from Jionpur Khapara Government Primary School polling centre around 9:30am, confirmed District Commissioner SM Ferdous.

The authorities also could not start polling at Motto Government Primary School in Sadar upazila of the district on time due to the technical problems with electronic voting machines (EVM) at the centre.

Later, the voting started around 10:20am, said the centre's Presiding Officer Abu Bakar Siddique.  

He said 42 votes were cast at the polling center by 11am.

UP chairman candidate Abdul Kader said: "I have boycotted the polls due vote rigging."

Another candidate Aminur Rahman also boycotted the election stating the same reason.

Voting in elections for 117 Upazila Parishads is underway in the third phase of the local body polls.

The balloting that began at 8am on Sunday will continue till 4pm without any break.

A total of 11,887,751 voters will be able to exercise their voting rights at 9,298 polling stations in these polls.

In the 117 upazilas, some 340 chairmen, 584 vice-chairmen and 399 women vice-chairmen candidates are contesting in the election.