The party says the government is destroying the whole election system by vote rigging in local polls to cling to power
BNP has rejected results of the Gazipur City Corporation election and demanded a fresh polls.
The party’s Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the demand at a press conference at the BNP chairperson's Gulshan office on Wednesday.
“The government, in association with the Election Commission, snatched our victory in Gazipur. It used all the mechanisms of the state. It also threatened the mass media to refrain from publishing the truth,” he said.
According to unofficial results, Jahangir Alam, the Awami League mayoral candidate, won the election to become the second mayor of the Gazipur City Corporation.
He bagged 400,010 votes while his nearest rival, BNP’s Hasan Uddin Sarker, got 197,611 votes, as per results from 416 out of total 425 polling centres.
Addressing the briefing, Fakhrul said the government again proved that they do not believe in democracy.
In order to cling to the power, the Awami League-led government is destroying the whole election system by vote rigging in one after another local government elections, he said.
The government is using law enforcement agencies, administration, and the Election Commission to take the poll results in its favor, the BNP secretary general said, adding that voters are being deprived of their right to vote.
He said they complained about a number of irregularities to the Election Commission, but it did not take the matter into consideration.
Responding to a query, Fakhrul said BNP is taking part in local government elections as part of its movement.
BNP will also take part in upcoming Barisal, Sylhet, and Rajshahi city polls, he added.
He said BNP leader Maj (retd) Mizanur Rahman was arrested as part of the government’s blueprint and demanded his immediate release.
BNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharrof Hossain, Abdul Moin Khan, Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury, and other top leaders were present at the briefing.