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Chittagong 8 by-polls: BNP candidate Sufian demands re-election

  • Published at 04:07 pm January 13th, 2020
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File photo of a ballot box Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

No decision was taken yet to boycott the polls

BNP candidate Abu Sufian has demanded re-election just four hours before the completion of Chittagong-8 by-polls.

Sufian made the demand at a press briefing held at BNP’s Nasiman Bhaban office in the city around 1pm on Monday.

He also prayed to the Returning Officer Mohammad Hasanuzzaman for re-election.

The BNP candidate claimed: “We have prayed to the returning officer for re-election and suspending voting. Polling agents were forced out of almost all the 170 polling centres.

“The voters were barred from entering the polling centres. Chhatra League and Juba League men were stuffing ballots. Therefore, we have demanded for a re-election.” 

BNP Chittagong city chapter president and secretary Dr Shahadat Hossain and Abul Hashem were also present at the press briefing.

“We have urged the administration to play a neutral role. The polling agents were driven out of 120 polling agents,” said Dr Shahadat while speaking to the media at the press briefing.

When asked if BNP will quit the race, Abul Hashem told the Dhaka Tribune that no decision was taken yet to boycott the polls.

Voting in the by-polls began earlier in the morning. Chittagong 8 constituency fell vacant after the death of lawmaker Moinuddin Khan Badal.

Six candidates are contesting the by-polls.

Badal, the executive president of a faction of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD), was elected MP with Awami League's symbol 'boat' in the last general election.

He died at a hospital in India on November 7 last year at the age of 67.