Accusing the ruling party men of capturing polling centers indiscriminately and widespread vote fraud with the help of local administrations in the 5th phase of upazila elections, BNP on Monday said Awami League has waged a war against the electorate.
“The ruling party has massively been engaged in polling station capture, stuffing ballot boxes since yesterday night (Sunday night). They established a reign of terror in the election areas with the help of the police, Rab and local administrations,” said BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Addressing a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office on the local body polls, he also alleged that the ruling party activists intimidated and resisted voters and forced out the agents of the opposition-backed candidates from the polling stations at different parts of the country.
“Our apprehension about vote fraud and influence of the ruling party on the elections has come true. It seems that the ruling party men have declared a war against the voters. The terrorist acts of the current fascist regime against democracy and people’s voting rights have stunned the entire nation, the BNP spokesman observed.
Election to 73 upazila parishads across 34 districts was held in the 5th phase from 8am to 4pm on Monday amid reports of various irregularities and election boycott by a number of chairman and vice chairman candidates, particularly by that of BNP loyalists.
Rizvi said Awami League is snatching people’s voting rights with the help of the Election Commission which he said is loyal to the government. “The current Election Commission has no desire to hold a free and fair election though they’re oath-bound for doing so. The election commissioners have been appointed only to legitimise the hooliganism of the cadres of this illegal regime.”
Meanwhile, elections in 384 upazilas were held in the first four phases on February 19, 27, March 15 and 23 respectively.
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