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IGP: Voting atmosphere normal

  • Police chief terms Rizvi’s claims baseless
  • Says some isolated incidents have taken place
  • Asks voters to exercise their franchise
Update : 07 Jan 2024, 02:41 PM

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun on Sunday said that a festive atmosphere prevailed at the polling stations across the country, including the capital Dhaka, as voters were exercising their franchise.

Law and order situation is normal throughout the country except for one or two isolated incidents, he told reporters after visiting the Kabi Nazrul Government College polling station in Old Dhaka around 11:30am.

Regarding BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi’s complaint that ballot boxes were filled by Awami League supporters on Saturday night, the IGP said that the ballot papers were sent to the polling stations in the morning in front of the journalists.

“You (journalists) can tell when the ballots were sent to the polling stations. You can judge how true this allegation is. One would call this allegation baseless,” he added.

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Asked how non-voters queued at the polling station, the IGP said they will take action if the outsiders are handed over to the police.

The police chief said: “We are getting reports that the polls are being held peacefully across the country, including the Dhaka metropolis, except for one or two isolated incidents. The members of the police force and other agencies are performing their duties with professionalism in each polling station and electoral area in line with the instructions of the Election Commission.”

He said the voters are present everywhere. They are exercising their right to vote peacefully.

He warned of strict actions for obstructing the voters and sabotage.

“For the elections, we have divided the security arrangements into three parts: before, during and after the election. We are prepared to deal with any sabotage or terrorist activities,” the IGP said, asking voters to go to polling stations.

He also said that if any voter faces any obstruction or witnesses any vandalism, they can report it to the nearest police station or call 999.

Asked how many risky polling stations are there in the capital, he said: "We have divided the centres into two categories: important and common. There are some important polling stations. But the environment is normal everywhere.”

Timeline: National Election 2024
07 Jan 2024, 21:55
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