Monday, June 24, 2024


Dhaka Tribune

BNP likely to write to EC

Update : 15 Feb 2014, 07:45 PM

The BNP is likely to send a letter to the Election Commission expressing doubt about the free and fairness of the upcoming upazila parishad polls and concerns about the harassment inflicted on its leaders and activists during election campaigns.

The ruling Awami League has been hatching a conspiracy to keep voter turnout low during the upazila polls fearing that majority votes will go in favour of BNP, a number of leaders of the party have alleged.

The party is also likely to urge the EC to take immediate steps in this regard, a party insider have said.

“Look at the field-level situation and you will know whether voters will be able to vote freely or not. BNP leaders and activists are being arrested every day. How can fair polls be held amid all these?” Goyeshwar Chandra Roy, a standing committee member of the party, told the Dhaka Tribune.

Upazila Parishad chairman contenders in many places have alleged that they had been facing troubles in campaigning. They said many of their supporters were being sued in new cases and law enforcers had been hunting them down to disrupt their campaigning.

Ali Ahmed, chairman aspirant of the South Surma upazila parishad in Sylhet, said: “None of my supporters are being able to take part in campaigning because of cases filed against them. Every day they are framed in newer cases.”

Nizamuddin, another aspirant from Chhatak in Sylhet, said: “The voters in my area are being threatened. My supporters are being harassed by police and administration.”

“We will deal with you if you do not vote for the Awami League” – according to Nizamuddin, these are the kind of words that are being used to threaten voters in the upazila.

On Wednesday, in Sailakupa upazila of Jhenaidah, BNP-backed chairman candidate Rakibul Hasan also allegedly came under attack by Awami League men.

Rakibul said: “All my activists are either on the run or in jail. How can I campaign to woo the voters?”

On Friday, some leaders and activists of Chhatra League, student wing of the ruling Awami League, allegedly attacked a microbus of Barisal’s Gouranadi upazila chairman candidate Abul Hossain Mia, a BNP-backed aspirant.

On Saturday, some Chhatra League men allegedly ransacked and torched election camps of rebel BNP candidate Lokman Hossain Khan at Gournadi upazila in Barisal.

Abul Kalam Azad, OC of Gournadi police station, said they had not received any complaint of attack.

However, he claimed to have already arrested Chhatra League activist Firoz Sardar for attacking a journalist.

Our Barisal correspondent reported that more than 64% of the total voting centres in Gournadi and Bakerganj upazilas in Barisal district were marked as vulnerable.

Barisal District Election Officer Md Dulal Talukdar said elections in these two upazilas were scheduled to be held on February 19.

The district election office and the office of the District police chief informed that some 89 out of a total of 139 voting centres in those two upazilas had been marked vulnerable. Of them, 55 had been marked as highly risky.

Citing intelligence reports, sources from the police said those centres had been marked risky considering the infrastructure and communication facilities, political and law and order situation and the geographical locations.

Barisal police chief (SP) AKM Ehsan Ullah told the Dhaka Tribune that special security measures including deployment of additional forces, striking forces, mobile teams and special conduction of special drives had been put in place to ensure peaceful voting in the vulnerable centres as well as the normal ones.

Top Brokers


Popular Links