Twenty-two chairman candidates, mostly BNP-backed, boycotted the upazila elections in nine districts on Monday on various allegations.
In Barguna, all candidates except the Awami League-backed ones, boycotted polls in three upazilas alleging that the supporters of the ruling party candidates obstructed their supporters from casting votes, forced their agents out of some polling centres and also cast fake votes.
They are BNP-blessed Jalal Ahmed Fakir, AL rebels Shamsuddin Ahmed Saju and Advocate Abdul Kalam Shanu, and independent candidate Salauddin Talukder in Amtali upazila, BNP-backed Abdul Kalam Azad Rana and party rebel Syed Manjurur Rob Mortuza Ahsan in Bamna and Habibur Rahman of BNP in Patharghata.
In Satkhira, three BNP-backed candidates -- Badruzzaman Moral in Tala, Abdur Rauf in Sadar and Mohiuddin Siddique in Debhata - announced their polls boycott on the same allegations.
Meanwhile, local Jamaat-e-Islami on Monday called a daylong hartal in the three upazilas for Tuesday on charge of stuffing ballot boxes with sealed ballot papers beforehand, driving the agents of the BNP-backed candidates from the polling centers and obstructing voters from going to the stations.
BNP-blessed chairman candidate MA Hamid boycotted polls in Sadar upazila of Tangail alleging vote fraud.
In Narayanganj, two candidates backed by the BNP announced the polls boycott in Rupganj and Araihazar.
The BNP-led 19-party alliance also called a daylong hartal in the two upazilas.
In Chuadanga, a BNP-blessed candidate and a Jamaat-backed contestant boycotted polls in Sadar and Alamdanga upazilas.
The BNP-led alliance also called a half-day hartal in two upazilas for Tuesday.
In Kalapara upazila of Patuakhali, three chairman candidates, including BNP-backed Mostafizur Rahman, boycotted the election alleging that the supporters of the ruling party candidates obstructed their supporters from casting votes, forced their agents out of some polling centres and also cast fake votes.
Two other candidates are Islami Shashontantra-backed M Habibur Rahman Hawladar and AL rebel candidate Syed M Akhtaruzzaman.
They declared the boycott at a joint press briefing at the press club of the upazila around 11:00am.
In Ashtagram upazila of Kishoreganj district, BNP-backed candidate Kazi Manjurul Quader Tutul boycotted the polls.
In Madarganj upazila of Jamalpur, BNP-backed chairman candidate Faidul Islam Lanzu boycotted the polls on various allegations, including ‘capture of 19 polling stations’ and forcing their agents out of some polling centres by beating.
In Chandina of Comilla, BNP-blessed Mofiz Uddin Bhuiyan and LDP-supported Prof Abu Taher boycotted polls.
22 candidates boycott UZ polls in 9 dists Hartal in 7 upazilas today