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CEC: Gaibandha-5 by-election now out of control

All candidates except Awami League-nominated Mahmud Hasan boycott polls raising allegations of irregularities

Update : 12 Oct 2022, 02:06 PM

The by-election to Gaibandha-5 constituency has gone out of control, Chief Election Commissioner Kazi Habibul Awal Has said.

The chief election commissioner was speaking to reporters while monitoring the polls through CCTV camera feeds at Nirbachan Bhaban on Wednesday.

Voting at 44 out of 145 centres had already been cancelled due to irregularities, Awal said.

Stating that the commission wanted to see fair polls, he said voting at some centres would not have reflected the public opinion, which was why polling at those places had been cancelled.

Election Commission spokesperson Asaduzzaman Arzu also confirmed the cancellation.

All candidates except Awami League-nominated Mahmud Hasan boycotted the polls raising allegations of irregularities.

Jatiya Party candidate AHM Golam Shahid, Bikalpa Dhara's Jahangir Alam, and independent candidates Nahiduzzaman Apel and Syed Mahbubur Rahman announced their decision at a press conference at Bagervita Govt Primary School in Saghata upazila of Gaibandha at around 11:30am.

Voting began at 88 centres in Saghata upazila and 57 in Fulchhari upazila at 8am on Wednesday.

Fazle Rabbi Miah, deputy speaker of parliament and the lawmaker then representing Gaibandha-5 constituency, passed away on July 22. Two days later, the Parliament Secretariat declared the seat vacant.

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