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BNP leader casts vote using EVM despite not participating in polls

Lalmonirhat District Awami League President says BNP is taking part in the election strategically

Update : 03 Nov 2022, 11:01 AM

A BNP leader in Rangpur has cast his vote using the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in the local government polls even though his party repeatedly made their stand against the balloting system.

The incident took place on Wednesday when Asadul Habib Dulu, Rangpur divisional organizing secretary of BNP and former deputy minister, cast his vote at Pathanpara Abu Taher Noorani Hafizia Madrasa center of ward no 1 in the by-election of Barobari union parishad of Lalmonirhat Sadar upazila.

Abdus Samad Azad, presiding officer of Pathanpara Abu Taher Noorani Hafizia Madrasa polling station, said: “Asadul Habib Dulu voted at around 12:30pm. He also spoke to the voters in the centre at this time.”

There were no candidates officially nominated by the BNP as the party announced earlier that it will not take part in polls under the Awami League government. 

Lalmonirhat District BNP General Secretary Hafizur Rahman Babla said BNP did not nominate any candidate in the polls. “We do not know whether Asadul Habib Dulu voted or not. We will let you know once we can confirm,” he said. 

Lalmonirhat district Chhatra Dal president Nazmul Huda Limon, who participated in the polls as an independent candidate with the horse symbol, won the race by getting 8,941 votes. 

His closest rival, Awami League nominated SM Araful Haque Mithu got 2,706 votes. 

BNP Central Committee Organizing Secretary and former deputy minister Asadul Habib Dulu could not be reached for comments despite several attempts.

Lalmonirhat Sadar Upazila Election Officer Azadul Helal said: “The voters chose their favourite candidate in a peaceful environment. BNP senior seader and former deputy minister Asadul Habib Dulu also voted using the EVMs in this election, which is a positive sign.”

Lalmonirhat District Awami League President and former state minister Freedom fighter MP Motahar Hossain said: “BNP is a party of lies. The party leaders are against the EVM machines - while they are taking part in the polls strategically. They are also casting their vote on EVMs. People stopped trusting them a long time ago.

“The incident of BNP leader voting proves that there is no obstacle to vote using EVMs under Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. EVMs are popular means of taking votes. It has already been proven. Democracy has won yet again,” he added.

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