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TIB: City polls were not free and fair

Update : 18 May 2015, 08:23 AM

Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has observed that the recent elections to the three city corporations under Dhaka and Chittagong cannot be called free and fair.

TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman made the statement in a press conference held in the capital's MIDAS Centre on Monday morning.

In the press conference, TIB presented its observation paper on “Tracking the process of Dhaka South, Dhaka North and Chittagong City Corporation Elections 2015.”

“The components needed to call a free and fair election are absent in the elections of Dhaka North, South and Chittagong City Corporations," Iftekharuzzaman said.

He said it was not an accurate election.

In the programme, former chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda said it was not just the way it was supposed to be.

"It is not good for anyone," he said.

The ruling Awami League backed-candidates swept the polls in the three city corporations, which were held on May 28 amid scattered incidents of vandalism and clashes.

Terming the city polls farcical, BNP rejected the polls in the three city corporations under Dhaka and Chittagong. 

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