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Shenanigans in Sreepur polling centre

Update : 30 Dec 2015, 09:20 PM

A police official and two Ansar members were seen stamping ballot papers at Booth 4 of Mawna Bohumukhi High School polling centre in Gazipur’s Sreepur municipality yesterday afternoon.

Around 3:15pm, the three law enforcement members were seen stamping ballot papers and casting the votes with the door of the booth wide open.

When the Dhaka Tribune tried to get a photo of the vote rigging on a mobile phone, the police member, Sub-Inspector Khorshed Alam, according to his name tag, stopped the reporters and asked them to leave the centre quickly.

Then they closed the door and resumed vote rigging.

Visiting Booth 3, which was designated for female voters, these correspondents found a male polling agent of Awami League candidate Anisur Rahman stamping ballot papers.

Asked what he was doing, he silently got up and closed the door of the polling booth. 

The rampant stamping of ballot paper took place after voters ran away from the polling centre when news broke out that independent candidate Nazrul Islam had been attacked by local activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League and Jubo League.

Sources said Nazrul Islam had gotten wind of Awami League’s plan of vote-rigging and went to the polling centre. When he went their to protest, his followers and Anisur’s followers clashed, and Anisur’s followers beat up Nazrul.

While police attempted to control the situation, voters hurriedly left the centre. Later, police and Ansar members took charge of casting the votes. A number of voters who went to cast votes afterwards complained that they had been turned away from the centre and told that their votes had already been cast.

When contacted in this regard, the polling centre’s Presiding Officer Abdul Jalil claimed the vote-casting was conducted peacefully and no one had illegally stamped ballot papers. 

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