The few incidents that occurred in separate centres did not have any impact on the final outcome, claims EWG
Even though there was violence in 32% of the polling centres in the Khulna City Corporation (KCC) election, it did not affect the results, said the Election Working Group (EWG). The Manager of EWG Dr Abdul Alim made the claims in a press conference held at the National Press Club on Wednesday.
According to the report forwarded by EWG, even though the voting started peacefully in the morning, starting from the afternoon, 32% of the centres were observed to engage in violent activities, reports Bangla Tribune.
Among these, there was violence outside 12 and inside four polling centres, voters were deterred from casting their votes in 18 centres, invigilators were barred from entering four centres, promotional activities were conducted within 400 metres of 10 centres, and law enforcers took the sides of favoured candidates in four centres.
The report also mentions 37% of the voting centres had 1-20 voters standing in line to cast their votes, while 27% had 21-40 people, and 40% of centres had more than 40 people in long lines.
At the beginning of the voting, Awami League polling agents for the mayoral candidate were present in 99.3% centres and BNP polling agents were present in 88.8% centres. According to EWG's observations, 64.8% votes were cast in total during the KCC election.
Demanding that the election was held in a fair manner, Abdul Alim said: "The few incidents that occurred, occurred separately. Those incidents could not make any impact on the final election outcome."
However, he added the Khulna City Corporation election fell far behind the Rangpur City Corporation election in terms of performance.
Member of EWG and Vice-Chancellor of Begum Rokeya University in Rangpur Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah said: "The KCC election managed to catch the eye of the public. The election was conducted peacefully. Three voting centres were closed down because EWG has a zero-tolerance policy towards fake votes."