‘We will not be able to preserve our dignity as a democratic nation if this model is followed in forthcoming elections’
Election Commissioner Mahbub Talukdar, in a severe indictment on Thursday of the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) elections, called the polls a model of irregular elections.
The commissioner was addressing a press briefing at his office in Dhaka, reports Bangla Tribune.
“If this model is followed in the forthcoming elections to be held across the country, we will not be able to maintain our dignity before the world as a democratic state,” he said.
Talking about the low voter turnout in the CCC polls held on Wednesday, Mahbub Talukdar said: “The turnout was only 22.5% percent. Such a small number of votes cannot be a regulator in the establishment of democracy.”
Referring to the deaths of four people before and during the election, he said: “The deaths of those four are equivalent to the deaths of four families.”
Incidents of violence, commandeering of voting centers and vandalising of police vehicles and EVMs had tarnished the elections, he added.