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Upazila polls: AL candidates try to win BNP voters in Khulna

  • Published at 08:28 pm March 30th, 2019
File photo of a woman putting her ballot paper in the ballot box after casting her vote Dhaka Tribune

BNP and Jamaat leaders are unable to participate in the elections as they stand accused in alleged ghost cases

Awami League candidates in Khulna are looking to secure BNP and Jamaat voters in the upcoming fourth phase of the Upazila Parishad Elections on Sunday.

On Sunday, polling will take place in eight of nine upazilas, since elections in Dumuria upazila were suspended by a High Court order on March 27.

Awami League candidates will face off against each other for the chairman post in six upazilas, and the vice chairman post in two upazilas.

BNP and Jamaat leaders are unable to participate in the elections as they are accused in alleged ghost cases.

However, the ruling party candidates are encouraging BNP and Jamaat leaders to support Awami League in their campaign.

Awami League candidates are securing votes of rival leaders and their supporters by promising to take care of the ghost cases filed against them, after they are elected.

According to official sources, there are 2,41,476 voters in Dumuria,  2,09,338 voters in Paikgachha, 1,56,903 voters in Koyra, and 1,14,239 voters in Digholia upazila.

Calling the current upazila elections a joke, District BNP President Shafikul Islam said: “There is no sign of a participatory election. Awami League candidates are contesting each other and there is no participation from BNP.”